Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking

According to Greenpeace, Chinese computer maker Lenovo is the world's most eco-friendly electronics firm (scoring 8 out of 10) while Apple is last (scoring 2.7 out of 10) of the 14 profiled. The quarterly report ranks firms by how green their production processes are and what they do to recycle hardware they sell. Lenovo, which bought IBM's consumer electronics division in 2005, offers takeback services for any broken or obsolete merchandise in all the nations where its products are sold. Lenovo lost marks for still using some of the most toxic substances to make its products. Greenpeace criticised Apple for not setting a deadline for eliminating some toxic chemicals from its production processes.

The study, which was first compiled in 2006, looks at how big electronics firms make their hardware to see if they use toxic chemicals in the production process and scrutinises what they do to recycle goods when customers have stopped using them. The campaigning group said that overall scores for the hi-tech firms it profiled had improved (nine out of 14 now score more than five out of 10) but it shied away from describing any hardware maker as "green". Iza Kruszewska, Greenpeace international toxics campaigner, noted that in the last 12 months, firms have started to act rather than just issue statements of intent.

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From hippy to ultra capitalism.... how legends fall - if you would tell to Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniak back in the 70's or 80's that their company will become a giant monopolistic (itunes content) and a major pollution creator, they'd prolly freak out ...

Who cares if apple is last. Their machines looks so cool...... oh and three times faster than previous models

I don't think I have ever made a decision based on how eco-friendly a company is. I have owned both Leveno and Apple products. But I will say this...


Greenpeace criticized Apple for not setting a deadline for eliminating some toxic chemicals from its production processes.
Apple does not own factories, they outsource system building. Using "its" implies ownership.

betasp said,
I don't think I have ever made a decision based on how eco-friendly a company is. I have owned both Leveno and Apple products. But I will say this...


Apple does not own factories, they outsource system building. Using "its" implies ownership.

No, using "its" implies control. They have control over which companies perform the manufacturing and they can influence how they build their products.

Just because they have a pretty page explaining stuff they are doing - it doesnt mean they are good at it. It simply means they are doing "something".

A company doesnt need a page explaining what you are doing to be eco, you should just do it anyway. Its just Apple trying to look good on their site.

Apple people might hate PC (Windows mainly) users, and visa versa. But at the end of the day, its Apple who are destroying the planet the most out of these companies.

Greenpeace criticised Apple for not setting a deadline for eliminating some toxic chemicals from its production processes.

That must really hurt -- being criticised by a legally toothless organisation of idealists (who don't mind breaking the law from time to time, or sailing their ships around the world, which, I presume, must run on fresh air) who are unable to realise that we're not going to return to the days of living in caves, just to appease their really quite bizarre agendas.

That's exactly what I was thinking. They were looking pretty bad, but I'm really glad to see they shaped up. I guess they really didn't want to sit next to Apple. (rotten maybe?)

does that classify as ironic? the hippy/artsy computer manufacture has the lowest 'green' rating while it has a respectable market share of individuals who make a point to be extra 'green'?

Yea, apple does need to work on that... I don't know what they're doing WRONG per-say, but something they need to be doing RIGHT is offering Recycling of old computers when you buy a new one.

Just offer. Noone will do it because resale on macs is so good