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a greener apple

May 2, 2007

I know we have a lot of mac lovers here, so I wanted to share.

Apparently, our beloved Apple is a little behind the times regarding environmental concerns their products are causing.

For example, the toxic Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is something that other tech companies have set dates for removing from their products. Apple hasn’t, and major new product lines still contain PVC. It’s not just bad for the earth, it’s bad for the kids in Asia who live near Apple’s dump sites, and who frequently dismantle the remains for parts. These kids are thus exposed to PVC, which wreaks havoc on one’s life expectancy.

Apple’s take-back policy is also lagging. Dell and HP both have extensive take-back policies that appropriately dispose of their old, unwanted equipment. Apple has some in countries that require the policy, but their policy in the U.S. is falling far short. A take-back policy is not only good for the environment, but it would inspire the production of more efficient products. Because Apple wants your outdated laptop about as much as you do. If they knew they’d have to take back the obsolete models, maybe the next iPod upgrade would be a component that could be swapped into your existing one – instead of buying a whole new iPod.

There’s all kinds of information, ideas and involvement opportunities at Green My Apple. I sent an email to Steve this morning. Check it out. Send an email. ‘Cause we love our macs (or we’re severely branded and just don’t care), but environmentally friendly macs would be better, no?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. I Ravish His Heart permalink
    May 2, 2007 9:45 pm

    I had no idea that they were so bad for everything… I hope they go green, but I still love my mac

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