Greenpeace praises HP for killing most PVC from supply chain, Nokia still cleanest


From Greenpeace:

The 13th edition of Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics rewards Hewlett-Packard for putting a PC on the market that is virtually free of PVC (vinyl plastic) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Only the power supply unit and cable still contain these hazardous substances.

Earlier this year, Greenpeace had staged protests at HP's headquarters in Palo Alto, USA, and at its offices in China and the Netherlands, in response to the delay on the company's commitment to eliminate these substances from its computing products, by the end of 2009. With the ProBook 5310m Notebook, however, it appears that HP has now re-prioritized its toxic phase-out commitment.

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  1. Not to reflexively defend Apple, but Greenpeace’s criteria may be somewhat flawed

    “A lot of companies publish how green their building is, but it doesn’t matter if you’re shipping millions of power-hungry products with toxic chemicals in them,” CEO Steve Jobs told BusinessWeek in an interview. “It’s like asking a cigarette company how green their office is.”

    Greenpeace shouldn’t be trying to identify the companies that are “aware”, the companies that “get it”, or the companies that have joined “the environmental cult.” Instead, it should identify those companies that produce the most environmentally benign products and services.

  2. @JERWIN:

    Did you read the Greenpeace documentation? They’re not really ranking the companies on whether their building is green. More about removing toxins from the products and manufacturing processes, green sourcing etc.

    I don’t think Apple’s rating is that bad. Consider that all the companies that came above it don’t primarily make PCs. Apple are praised for being the “most progressive PC maker” and removing PVCs from their machines (and soon the power cords as well).

    I suppose if you rank Apple the phone company against sony / motorola / nokia, it doesn’t look all that good.

  3. These lists are like comparing which famous serial killer is the least evil. But I guess awareness is awareness. Not that serial killers that are aware they’re evil and any more fun to be killed by.

  4. I still wish that they would rate component manufacturers (e.g. Asus, Gigabyte, etc.) for those of us who build PCs.

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