Greenpeace gives Apple a B- grade in its ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’

“To identify which companies are starting on this transformation, we are re-launching the Guide to Greener Electronics,” Gary Cook writes for Greenpeace. “We spent the last two years looking at the sector from top to bottom, evaluating the efforts of 17 of the largest smartphone, tablet, and PC producers.”

“We identified three critical areas to measure whether a company is driving the necessary transformation in their product design and supply chains to protect the planet: (1) Renewable Energy Transition, (2) Reducing Resource Consumption, (3) Elimination of Hazardous chemicals,” Cook writes. “Overall, the average grade across the 17 companies in this year’s guide was only a D+, highlighting that most companies have a long way to go to make devices that are sustainable. Fairphone scored the highest overall with a B, and was notable for its strong commitment to a product design that is repairable and upgradeable.”

In the 19th edition of the Guide to Greener Electronics, Greenpeace evaluated three impact areas: energy use, resource consumption, and chemical elimination:

Greenpeace gives Apple a B- grade in its 'Guide to Greener Electronics'
Source: Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics

Read more in the full report here.

Read more about Apple Inc. in the report here.

MacDailyNews Take: Environmentally conscious people choose Apple products over those from say, Google (D+) or Samsung (D-).

Greenpeace: Apple again the world’s most environmentally friendly tech company – January 10, 2017
Greenpeace: Apple is tech’s greenest – May 15, 2015
Greenpeace: Apple leading the way in creating a greener, more sustainable internet – April 2, 2014
Greenpeace praises Apple for reducing use of conflict minerals
– February 13, 2014


    1. You are so about the fact that they not only eco-terrorists but a bunch of ignorant idiots. They are like lemmings, just follow what others are protesting and we’ll look cool. Their opinions a reviews are totally useless as they are extremely biased.

  1. It’s been going on for a long while, but no one seems to be bothered by the egg on Amazon’s face. In this article, it’s eco-related, but for years it was their shoddy profit margins (losing money actually), but the most devious is their intrusion into private lives. When I shop Amazon, I cringe as I recognize more and more, who/what I’m supporting. Trust has long been difficult to associate with Google, but Amazon creating the same legacy.

  2. Apple Resource Consumption?

    Renew and Recycling – Apple

    Recycling an Apple product is as easy as it is good for the planet.

    Recycle any Apple device online and at any Apple Store.footnote 1 For qualifying devices, you’ll receive a gift card online, and credit toward a purchase in-store. We’ll either refurbish the device for resale or recycle its materials responsibly to be reused.

    In real terms, what is the difference between Apple’s reuse of materials and Fairphone’s?

    Topics like repairability and upgradability are, from my understanding, not related. They are topics of convenience vs modern design, as well as certified vs uncertified device service providers. What does this have to do with the goals of Greenpeace?

    1. I suspect that only occurs for initial iPhone shipments to support a new release. Of course, iPhones are relatively small and light, so Apple could ship millions by air and still not need that many flights.

      The problem with your type of uneducated sarcasm is that you may draw other people in to sharing your derisive attitude and ignoring all of the positive steps that Apple have voluntarily and proactively taken to try to reduce the environmental impact of its business.

      This post exemplifies why I typically dislike your post, both in tone and in content.

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