Nokia tops eco-friendly chart

Posted by Alastair Otter on September 18, 2008
Posted in Green News

Thanks to its expanding cellphone take-back programme Nokia has reclaimed the top spot in the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics. Second and third place went to Fujitsu Siemens and Samsung respectively.

Bringing up the rear of the guide were Nintendo and Microsoft. Nintendo scored just 0.8 out of 10 as the company had made no progress on dealing with e-waste and it still had no timeline in place for eliminating PVC in its products. When burned, PVC releases dioxin, a well-known carcinogen.

In 17th place Microsoft scored just 2.2 points for its failure to deal adequately with toxic chemicals and a timeline of 2010 for eliminating phthalates – a toxic chemical – in its products.

The major PC makers including Dell, Toshiba, HP, LG, Acer and Panasonic all scored less than 5 points in guide.

Further down the list are Lenovo and Apple. Lenovo was rewarded for its e-waste programme while Apple was marked down for its failure to put in place a proper e-waste programme.

Apple did, however, gain good marks for energy efficiency along with Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

Greenpeace says that to date no company has released a computer completely free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and PVC, though several are restricting the use of the neurotoxin. Last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the new iPod line will be free of BFRs, PVC and mercury, following the lead of companies like Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

“This is a great step by Apple towards its commitment to eliminate these toxic chemicals from all its products by the end of 2008,” said toxics campaigner Casey Harrell. “They should continue this positive work and improve their ranking by announcing a free, global recycling programme.”

In related news Intel this week released its new Xeon 5400 processors that use Hafnium which allows them to avoid using fire retardants such as BFRs.

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