Eco-shopping: Apple gets tastier

Posted by Alastair Otter on May 15, 2007
Posted in Lifestyle

Here’s some good news for Mac lovers and people who can’t live without their iPods. Apple has declared that it plans to phase out brominated fire retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – both toxic chemicals – from its products by 2008.

Apple ranked last in Greenpeace’s April 2007 Green Electronics Guide. The environmental NGO’s Green my Apple campaign called on Apple’s fans to demand that the company cleaned up its act.

“Dropping toxics makes reuse and recycling of products simplier, safer and cheaper,” said Greenpeace.

Greenpeace also called on Apple to provide a free take-back programme to reuse and recycle its products wherever they are sold so that they don’t end up as e-waste in developing countries.

Apple is taking back and recycling used products in the US, according to Greenpeace, but has yet to offer this service worldwide.

There is a report that Apple dealers will be taking back iPods in the rest of the world sometime this year.

For more on Apple’s pledge to green up, see the Environment News Service http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2007/2007-05-03-06.asp

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