Green Electronics are Slowly Growing

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by in In the News

After its first survey of greener electronic products, Greenpeace International reports that, while there’s definitely room for improvement, some companies are taking steps toward environmental responsibility. Greenpeace researchers tested 37 different products that 14 major consumer electronics companies submitted as their greenest offerings, which included desktop PCs and notebooks, mobile phones, and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Products were assessed on their use of hazardous chemicals, energy efficiency, recyclability and upgradeability, and other factors such as the promotion of environmental friendliness.

While none of the products they tested could claim to be truly green, many companies offer products that showcase environmental innovations such as recycled materials, energy efficiency, and toxin reduction. “The key to making a comprehensively greener product is combining innovation in each of these areas,” reports the organization. “We will continue to challenge electronics manufacturers to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of their products—from production through manufacture and to the very end of their products’ lives—and to clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances and replacing harmful ingredients through safer alternatives or design changes while producing energy-efficient products.”

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