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weekend warrior
September 10th, 2006, 04:37 PM
Here's an interesting guide (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/green-electronics-guide-ewaste250806) from Greenpeace showing how "green", or environmentally responsible the big electronics companies are. It's nice to have this to consider when searching for new hardware along with pricing or Linux compatibility. You may want to think again if your were looking at buying from Lenovo or Apple, they both came out rather poorly in these ratings. Nokia and Dell came out tops. There are full rankings, criteria and individual company profiles available in pdfs on the site.


A good read and useful to make sure you're not contributing to this :evil:

http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/image_big_teaser/international/photosvideos/photos/piles-of-cables-and-computer-w.jpg

argotnaut
September 10th, 2006, 05:56 PM
Thanks for posting this! Too bad I just bought one of the more evil brands ... but at least I'll know for next time.

weekend warrior
September 10th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Can't you take it back? You did say you just bought it.

weekend warrior
September 11th, 2006, 12:13 PM
So... guess people aren't too interested in the environment, eh? :confused:

Maybe I should have titled the thread "DELL tops!! Apple crash n' burn *OMG!*" :rolleyes:

mrgotea
September 11th, 2006, 12:22 PM
So... guess people aren't too interested in the environment, eh? :confused:

Maybe I should have titled the thread "DELL tops!! Apple crash n' burn *OMG!*" :rolleyes:

Thanks for the post. Go ahead and repost this every day with a new title. It is interesting to me just where open source, sustainable develpment and social equity cross.

weekend warrior
September 11th, 2006, 08:36 PM
Yes, precisely that crux - opensource, sustainability and equity concerns me as well since they are so vitally important, which is why it's a bit shocking :shock: to me that there's so little interest shown here by others.

I guess for most people on here, it's like the old saying - "out of sight, out of mind". Just ship off all that toxic e-waste to some poor country and let them deal with the mess that these companies produce and we so willingly consume with nary a second thought. ](*,)

DoctorMO
September 11th, 2006, 09:23 PM
Having an eco value on my hardware profiles would be a helpful boon.

raublekick
September 11th, 2006, 09:54 PM
Thanks for posting! This is an area that is really hard to find info about. What do you do when a computer is too old and the hardware is burnt out? Most people don't know how bad computers are in waste dumps, and are unaware of what you can do to help (I myself am really unsure, actually).

weekend warrior
September 11th, 2006, 11:33 PM
Oh it's not so hard to find, did you try Google with "recycle computers pennsylvania"? plenty of links there. :wink:

There are numerous non-profit groups that will take your old computer, clean it up, repair if needed, clean install (hopefully with Linux!) and then place the computer with people or institutions that can still get much use out of your old box for years to come.

By the way, I volunteer some of my time to an outfit that does this sort of thing, it's a good way to be part of the solution and you learn all about hardware and you meet some great people, win-win-win scenario! Highly recommended :)

Or if the computer is truly beyond hope there are other groups that can help you with the process of safe recycling.

Here's a good way to find these groups for your area. Go to earth911.org (http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=electronics/comp_index.asp) and click on Donation or Recycling. You'll be asked what area you live in and voilą! there's a list of people who can help you. :grin:


HTH

detgar
September 12th, 2006, 12:18 AM
Thanks for the post, ww.

Also, it's nice to see that the two best companies are also rather large companies. Hopefully their green will rub off on others.

pouncep
April 24th, 2007, 11:48 PM
Here's an interesting guide (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/green-electronics-guide-ewaste250806) from Greenpeace showing how "green", or environmentally responsible the big electronics companies are. It's nice to have this to consider when searching for new hardware along with pricing or Linux compatibility. You may want to think again if your were looking at buying from Lenovo or Apple, they both came out rather poorly in these ratings. Nokia and Dell came out tops. There are full rankings, criteria and individual company profiles available in pdfs on the site.


A good read and useful to make sure you're not contributing to this :evil:

http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/image_big_teaser/international/photosvideos/photos/piles-of-cables-and-computer-w.jpg

Lenovo's the best!
This is the most updated:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/toxics/electronics/how-the-companies-line-up

IgnacioMiller
April 25th, 2007, 12:24 AM
Recycling Companies for computers exist for good reason. Not only are they doing the ecosystem a good service, but they make a pretty penny off the precious metals contained within your components.;)