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While the IT industry appears to be making an effort to go green, the environmental group Greenpeace does not think it is progressing quickly enough, and has published material designed to pressure IT vendors into improving their sustainable performance. Publicly comparing companies' performance could prove an effective way to bring about improvements in environmental policies.
Published at the end of 2007, the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics ranks manufacturers of electronic equipment according to their policies and practice on toxic chemicals and recycling. Sony Ericsson and Samsung lead the rankings, closely followed by Sony, Dell, and Lenovo. New entrants to the guide (such as Microsoft, Philips, Sharp, and Nintendo) fared particularly badly, being placed at the bottom.
Although companies are now competing to become the first to go green by eliminating hazardous substances, along with taking back and recycling products responsibly, Greenpeace is still waiting for them to act on their promises to produce a computer completely free of the worst toxic chemicals.
Source: CBR Online, http://cbronline.com
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