Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics: July 2007

Greenpeace’s Green Electronics Guide ranks leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their global policies and practice on eliminating harmful chemicals and on taking responsibility for their products once they are discarded by consumers.

Companies are ranked on information that is publicly available and communications/clarifications with the companies. Greenpeace follows these criteria when ranking companies:Chemicals policy and practice
  1. A chemicals policy based on the Precautionary Principle
  2. Chemicals Management: supply chain management of chemicals via e.g. banned/restricted substance lists, policy to identify problematic substances for future elimination/substitution
  3. Timeline for phasing out all use of vinyl plastic (PVC)
  4. Timeline for phasing out all use of brominated flame retardants (not just those banned by EU’s RoHS Directive)
  5. PVC- and BFR-free models of electronic products on the market.

Policy and practice on Producer Responsibility for taking back their discarded products and recycling:
  1. Support for individual (financial) producer responsibility – that producers finance the end-of-life management of their products, by taking back and reusing/recycling their own-brand discarded products.
  2. Provides voluntary takeback and recycling in every country where its products are sold, even in the absence of national laws requiring Producer Responsibility for electronic waste.
  3. Provides clear information for individual customers on takeback and recycling services in all countries where there are sales of its products.
  4. Reports on amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collected and recycled.
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