Apple places last in Greenpeace ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ report

“There are encouraging signs that electronic goods such as PCs and mobile phones could become ‘greener’, according to the latest review of electronics manufacturers’ policies published by Greenpeace today. The latest version of the Greenpeace ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ (1) which ranks 14 top manufacturers of PC’s and mobile phones, shows that most companies have demonstrated commitments to greener manufacturing processes, such as eliminating the use of the most hazardous chemicals, and recycling policies such as financing take-back, reuse or recycling of end-of-life products. Apple, however, lags far behind the competition, presently occupying the last place in the ranking guide,” Greenpeace International writes.

Greenpeace writes, “Nokia continues to hold the top spot in the ranking, with progressive policies on both, its chemicals policy as well as disposal of electronic waste. However, the company is yet to outline clear timelines for phasing out PVC in all its products. ‘In sharp contrast, Apple is awarded the last position because the company has made absolutely no improvements to its policies or practices since the ranking was first released three months ago, although most of its competitors have improved environmental policies,’ said Iza Kruszewska, Greenpeace International toxics campaigner, in the press release, ‘Despite being the world leader in innovation and design, Apple is losing the race by failing to keep up with the other companies.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “obvious” for the heads up.]
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 tens of 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.

Information on Apple’s recycling programs and industry-leading environmental policies is available online at http://www.apple.com/environment

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48 Comments

  1. “In sharp contrast, Apple is awarded the last position because the company has made absolutely no improvements to its policies or practices since the ranking was first released three months ago, although most of its competitors have improved environmental policies”

    In other words, if you were a bad polluter, but you change your practices in 3 months to be a slightly less bad polluter; or you change your policies but take no real action, you are considered to have made “improvements”, and you go to the top op the list.

    If you were a good corporate citizen on the environment, and 3 months later you are still a good corporate citizen on the environment, you’ve shown no improvement, and you go to the bottom of the list.

    By similar logic, I’d like to commend Kim Jong-il for his outstanding improvement in human rights, by imprisoning, torturing and killing slightly fewer people this year than last year.

  2. Whatever Greenplease is now-a-days, they and all the others have become irrelavant for two primary reasons:

    1. Lashing out at popular companies to make a name and gain donations for themselves.

    2. Having militants high in their ranks, with the desire that we all live in caves, eat berries and commune/worship nature.

    Sorry guys, I love this God-made planet dearly, as we all do, but I’m not going to neglect the inteligence we have so me and my family can be caveman’s again, so you can worship this creation – not a chance.

  3. Does Apple’s reduced amount of packaging on iPods count for nothing? Think of the rainforests that will get saved this holiday season as iPods fly off the shelf unlike Microsoft’s iPood (yes, I meant to put two “O’s) which might save a single tree by reducing packaging this season, maybe.

  4. I agree with amyhre. Apple’s committment to reducing it’s packaging has a direct effect on how much material ends up in landfills and/or recycling plants. I thought I heard Steve Jobs talking about Apple’s committment to the environment in one of his keynotes. No?

  5. F*ck Greenpeace. This is just another stupid political stunt to try to attract attention to themselves. Anyone with any sense whatsoever has been ignoring these tree huggers for years anyway.

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