Greenpeace is out today with the latest edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics. This guide, which we’ve covered before, rates consumer electronics companies in a variety of green practice standards set by Greenpeace, which hopes to have some influence upon buying habits of green minded consumers so that their purchase decisions in turn can spur better eco-decisions by manufacturers of favorite electronics.
This time around Philips stood out for Greenpeace because of the company’s recently unveiled Econova television. It is the first TV free of PVC and brominated flame retardants, said Greenpeace, and puts Philips on track to meet its commitment to phase out these hazardous substances by the end the year, “well ahead of other TV manufacturers.” Also of note by Greenpeace on the plus side in the Guide were Nokia and Sony Ericsson, said to remain well ahead in 1st and 2nd place for producing products free of the most hazardous substances, and HP, Samsung and Lenovo as the biggest climbers.
Of course, for every positive there must be negatives. For Greenpeace, the companies on the downside in this Guide edition were several. Toshiba, for example, was specially called out for “misleading its customers about its commitments,” while Microsoft is also noted for “backtracking on commitments to remove these toxic substances.”
“There is a growing gulf between companies that are consistently innovating and leading by releasing greener products and companies that just make big promises,” said Greenpeace toxics campaigner Casey Harrell in a statement. “By launching a PVC- and BFR-free TV, Philips has overcome the technical hurdles to removing these toxic substances from this product group – there is now no excuse for other TV manufacturers not to follow.“
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