09 Jul '12, 4pm

Apple withdraws its products from national environmental standard

The grass in this image is likely glued on. (Image by Earl Wilkerson .) EPEAT (the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a national standard (funded in part by the EPA) that certifies electronic products as “environmentally preferable.” Among other things, EPEAT considers energy consumption and recyclability in awarding products one of three levels of certification. Last week, all of Apple’s desktop and laptop computers were certified as EPEAT Gold. Today, none of the company’s products appear on the index at all . From the Wall Street Journal : In order to meet the standards, recyclers need to be able to easily disassemble products, with common tools, to separate toxic components, like batteries. The standards were created jointly by manufacturers, including Apple, advocacy groups and government agencies. Frisbee says an Apple staff member told him at the e...

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