Mac Expo evicts Greenpeace campaigners

“Greenpeace campaigners have been booted out of MacExpo in London after other exhibitors complained about their activities at the show,” Chris Williams reports for Infoshop News.

Williams reports, “MacExpo marketing director Matt Denton said Greenpeace were warned not to take photographs at other stands, and to stick to handing out leaflets on their own pitch. He said: ‘It was a valid stand with a valid message… they breached their contract.'”

“The Green My Apple stand will remain shuttered for the rest of the Expo, which runs until Saturday. Denton said the organisers would not be returning any of Greenpeace’s exhibitor fee,” Williams reports.

Williams reports, “Greenpeace volunteers have vowed to flout the ban tomorrow and return to MacExpo to continue the campaign without a stall.”

Full article here.
These Greenpeaceniks might have a point if Apple was some massive polluter instead of just a very a popular brand name which these militant “environmentalists” are using to generate free publicity. We’re all for a cleaner environment, but Apple ought to charge Greenpeace a PR fee. Apple doesn’t sell dirty CRT monitors, like certain cheapo Windows-centric PC box assemblers. Apple uses rechargeable batteries in iPods, instead of having millions of users constantly tossing AA batteries into landfills. Apple even offers purchasers of Apple Macs and Apple monitors free recycling of their old computer and monitor — regardless of manufacturer. The list goes on. Really, come on, Greenpeace, you’re as transparent as a lying three-year-old: quit trying to ride Apple’s coattails and get a life.

Information on Apple’s recycling programs and industry-leading environmental policies is available online at

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  1. I am disappointed that an important organization such as Greenpeace does not do its homework and acts based on non-scientific data. We need an organization like them but we need them to focus on what really matters based on facts.

  2. Wow, can’t people just do a little research? Having a nice website that talks about “recycling” doesn’t solve the problem.

    We’ve seen iSights and things barred in other countries for the types of materials they use! The Greenpeace website says they are decent at recycling and downright BAD on everything else.

    Stop apologizing for Macs all the time. Their tactics might not be good, but that doesn’t mean Apple is an environmentally friendly brand.

  3. Apple over-reacted by evicting Greenpeace. The corporation, like most others, has a long way to go before Greenpeace or anyone aware of the environment can say that it is not polluting the planet with its products.

  4. Stop being so narrow-mined and listen to some of the Green Peace arguments. Apple needs to clean up its act.. really. And I’m a great Apple fan (we have 5 in the house), but that doesn’t mean we can’t open our minds to a little criticism of Apple’s business practices.

  5. Given that Greenpeace’s recent campaign against Apple was so well publicised, it’s hard to imagine what was going through the mind of the person who allowed them to rent space at the Expo.

    Surely they didn’t expect them to restrict their message to the benefits of cuddling whales ?

    If Greenpeace had booked the space under a false identity, then there might have been some sort of excuse for Expo Events, the organisers, but the pre-exhibition publicity clearly shows ‘Green my Apple’ as one of the exhibitors, which makes it all the more embarrassing for them. The space was clearly sold to a known anti-Apple campaigning group and promoted as such.

    Greenpeace is a campaigning organisation and deliberate disruption is one of their commonly deployed techniques to grab publicity on the backs of other’s efforts. This sort of action is not at all untypical for them and they will doubtless be planning to be more disruptive tomorrow.

    Unfortunately Expo Events appear only to be able to see the pound signs and were unable to see the danger signs and as a result or their folly, Apple get the adverse publicity and embarrassment.

    Apple aren’t overly keen on these Expos in the first place and I think that when the organiser can be so foolish, it’s likely to result in Apple scaling back future involvement or even pulling out altogether in favour of in-house special events for product launches and rely on the Apple stores to let customers see the range of goods for themselves.

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