Greenpeace Gives Grades to Electronics Manufacturers
Lenovo has vaulted from behind to become the most environmentally friendly manufacturer of consumer electronics, while Apple remains at the bottom. That, and more, were the conclusions of a periodic study by the environmental group Greenpeace, which comes amidst newfound efforts to make consumer electronics “greener.”
The study, released last week, named Chinese computer maker Lenovo - which owns IBM’s CE division - to the top spot, displacing Nokia. Sony Ericcson and Dell were next, followed by Motorola, Samsung and Fujitsu-Siemens. LG and Panasonic finished near the bottom, ahead of only last-place Apple.
The companies were given scores from 1 to 10, based on recycling and toxic content policies. Lenova’s score of 8 was the highest, with Apple earning a 2.5. Lenovo finished first, Greenpeace said in the study, because it offers a “take-back” program (in which the company takes products back after use and recycles them), and reports impeccably on its recycling of e-waste.