In light of significant criticism about Apple’s use of toxic chemicals in their products, Apple has announced that will be taking steps to address these concerns and cut back on toxic metals in their products and push forward their recycling program.
- Apple completely eliminated the use of CRTs in mid-2006 (eliminating lead usage in their products).
- Apple products met both the spirit and letter of the RoHS (EU restrictions on electronic products) restrictions on cadmium, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants years before RoHS went into effect.
- Apple plans to completely eliminate the use of arsenic in all of its displays by the end of 2008.
- Apple plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mercury by transitioning to LED backlighting for all displays when technically and economically feasible.
- Apple plans to completely eliminate the use of PVC and BFRs in its products by the end of 2008.
- By 2010, Apple may be recycling significantly more than either Dell or HP as a percentage of past sales weight. All the e-waste we collect in North America is processed in the U.S., and nothing is shipped overseas for disposal. Apple products are designed using high quality materials that are in high demand from recyclers.
And something that was new to me was this:
All of Apple’s U.S. retail stores, which now number more than 150, take back unwanted iPods for environmentally friendly disposal free of charge. As an incentive, we even offer customers a 10% discount on a new iPod when they bring their old iPod to our stores for proper disposal.
Maybe its time for me to replace my broken iPod.
Image from Greenpeace
Posted by Dahlia T.