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Greenpeace: No winner yet in 'green' electronics race

Posted: 07 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:green electronics? notebook? handset?

Sony TZ11 was the only notebook surveyed by Greenpeace that completely avoided the use of beryllium and its compounds.

While the Sony Vaio TZ11 notebook, the Sony Ericsson T650i mobile phone and the Sony Ericsson P1i PDA came out on top in Greenpeace's "Searching for Greener Electronics" survey, the race for a green electronic product has not been won yet, each of these products scored just over half of the possible 100 points available to win.

Fourteen major electronics brands agreed to provide information for the survey, submitting information on their most environmentally friendly productsdesktops, notebooks, mobile phones and PDAs. Thirty seven products were awarded points against green design criteria including substitution of hazardous chemical substances, energy efficiency and 'recyclability'.

The survey demonstrates the different steps being taken by manufacturers to improve the environmental performance of their products. Several products showcase toxic-free innovations going beyond current regulations such as the EU's RoHS directive. Others show clear efforts to improve on energy efficiency, recyclability or upgradeability.

"Since undertaking the survey we have already witnessed the arrival of greener products in the market, such as the Apple's new laptop, the MacBook Air, and Nokia's new phone, the Evolve" said Yannick Vicaire Greenpeace International toxics campaigner. "Manufacturers still have a long way to go, but more and more are now taking the environmental impacts of their products seriously."

The Sony Ericsson P1i secured the top spot in Greenpeace's PDA survey through the chemicals criteria.

Greenpeace is challenging electronics manufacturers to take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their productsfrom production, through manufacture and to the very end of their products' livesand to clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances and replacing harmful ingredients through safer alternatives or design changes while producing energy efficient products.

"Manufacturers need to embrace a truly comprehensive approach. Consumers should not have to choose between a toxic-free product or an energy-efficient one. They should not need to ask if being recyclable is better than being durable. When a product offers all those standards and is marketed with consumer-friendly services expanding the lifespan as much as possible, then we can say there is a true green product on the market," Vicaire said.





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