The masses at the Consumer Electronics Show would surely agree that green electronics have permeated the show floor. But helping the consumer differentiate what companies are actually "walking the talk" can be challenging. Enter the San Francisco, Calif.-based organization Greenpeace. This group has been waging an effort to truly green the electronics industry and hold companies responsible for their contribution to e-waste around the world.
Since August 2006, the organization has published the Guide to Greener Electronics, a campaign tool to create demand for greener electronics. Prompted by the devastating results of CE waste, which has found its way to the shores of India, China and West Africa, among other locations, Greenpeace updates the guide every three months. It monitors 18 companies, all making up the largest market share in the mobile phone, TV, PC and gaming console sectors.
According to Greenpeace international electronics campaigner, Casey Harrell, the results of burning CE waste for scrap gold or copper include the release of toxic materials into the air and water, leading to carcinogenic effects on the various populations.