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Greenpeace Guide Ranks Sony Ericsson At Top

Greenpeace has an updated guide for those of us who base our electronics purchases on a green scale. So if you’re going to upgrade your phone, Greenpeace has some new insight for you. However, the guide also makes it clear that even the greenest of electronics STILL don’t exactly make the grade.

The greenest electronic of them all is Sony Ericsson, and it barely gets a passing grade of 5.1 out of 10. It scores top marks on the chemicals criteria by banning antimony, beryllium and viagra without ed phthalates from all of its new models launched since January of this year. The company also scores by going PVC-free. But it has a pitiful recycling rate of 1% to 13%. Nokia once made it to the top of the Greenpeace Guide, but has since fallen in stature.

The Greenpeace guide ranks the online viagra sales 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and game consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Microsoft and Nintendo are at the lowest-end of the pack, ranking 17th and 18th respectively. Greenpeace cites Microsoft for its poor toxic chemicals criteria and weak support for recycling. Nintendo had the lowest score of tramadol bedroom online all, earning 0.8 points out of 10 (which is actually higher than its last rating) mainly because it earned a big zero on e-waste criteria. Nintendo’s biggest problem may be its success. Nintendo wants to cut carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases by 2% over each previous year, but an increase in business led to a 6% rise in C02 emissions in 2006.

Why do so many electronics companies rank so low? It’s because they don’t focus on the bigger picture. "Electronics giants pay attention to environmental performance on certain issues, while ignoring others that are just as important. Philips, for example, scores well on chemicals and energy criteria, but scores a zero on e-waste since it has no global take-back polices," said Iza Kruszewska, Greenpeace International's toxics campaigner. Luckily, though, the guide covers more companies now than when it started so we can keep a broader eye on what progress, if any, the various companies make. Perhaps having a growing number of eyes scrutinizing their practices will get electronics companies more firmly on the green bandwagon.

Via Crave, Greenpeace; Photo via declanTM

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written by EV, July 03, 2008
Greenpeace's ranking is pure B.S. They rank companies low if they do not answer Greenpeace's questions (i.e. Nintendo, with the lowest power consuming console), or if the company doesn't say what Greenpeace would like.

How can you seriously rank a company when you are missing 90% of the ranking information?
Rating Criteria: Marketing Info
written by Carl Hage, July 03, 2008
Greenpeace lists the criteria and method:
They rate based on the claims on each companies web site, and more or less count if they claim to do something or not, e.g. buy >=25% renewable energy or support political lobbying for certain programs (like recycling policy).

It's not based on the amount of toxic materials in the product, amount of energy consumed (wasted) using or making a product, etc.

Still, noone including Greanpeace publishes energy usage for computers, etc. Here, the scorecard is based on meeting an energy star minimum or not.

written by Clinch, July 03, 2008
Greenpeace are not a reliable source of information, and their criteria seem more based on opinion than actually scientific analysis of environmental impact.
But science has never been their strong point
written by Proud Human Supremacist, July 04, 2008
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the recycling of e-waste a big polluter that is done through subcontractors?

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