Apple Store“An investment group plans to use Apple Inc.’s upcoming shareholder’s meeting to press for greener products — and is holding the company’s arch-rival Dell as the benchmark,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

Malley reports, “Trillium Asset Management roused Apple shareholders to action on Thursday, calling on them to support a motion that would require that the Cupertino-based company outline a schedule for ridding its hardware products of toxic materials.”

“The investment firm rekindled accusations that Apple has stalled on its commitments to environmental progress and urged that it scrap brominated flame retardants (BFCs) and polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC), either of which can leak dangerous chemicals in the wrong circumstances,” Malley reports.

“Such substances can be especially volatile in developing nations, where attempts to cannibalize the better components of junked PCs frequently triggers their release into the environment. Continuing to use these materials without a ‘reasonable’ timetable to eventually scrap them is both irresponsible and hypocritical, Trillian proclaimed,” Malley reports.

Malley reports, “‘Consumers have grown to expect more from Apple, a leader in product design and innovation,’ Shelley Alpern, a VP at the firm, wrote in its call to investors. ‘Are we falling behind in the arena of greening our products?'”

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