Green points for Hewlett Packard and Apple in our latest electronics guide

Posted by jossc — 1 October 2009 at 11:55am - Comments

Apple and Hewlett Packard get green points this month, as HP is rewarded in the latest edition of our Guide to Greener Electronics and Apple releases details of their greenhouse gas emissions. But the big points go to activist consumers for proving once again that public pressure creates positive change.

HP made a commitment in 2007 to have all PC products toxic-free in 2009, but went soft on that earlier this year.

So we painted a protest on Hewlett-Packard's roof saying that HP stood for 'Hazardous Products', and organized a phone-in protest with the voice talents of William Shatner. With the new HP ProBook 5310m notebook, HP has made the first step in catching up with Apple, which eliminated these materials from its entire product line almost a year ago, and now puts pressure squarely on HP's competitors to put more products on the market that are cleaner and safer.

Apple are still ahead on removing toxic components, having eliminated these materials from its entire product line almost a year ago. This is partly as a result of our Green my Apple campaign which brought consumer pressure to bear from people who loved their Macs, but really wished they came in green.

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Bass player and backing vox in the four piece beat combo that is the UK Greenpeace Web Experience. In my 6 years here I've worked on almost every campaign and been fascinated by them all to varying degrees. Just now I'm working on Peace and Oceans - which means getting rid of our Trident nuclear weapons system and creating large marine reserves so that marine life can get some protection from overfishing.

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