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Wired Magazine, âFood for Thought for Gadget Geeksâ
November 15th, 2010, posted by Christina M. Samala
Wired writer Jonathan Liu says:
â[...] my reasons for not having lots of gadgets isnât alwaysâor even usuallyâaltruistic. Yes, Iâm all for conservation and being green, which gets on the nerves of many of my Midwestern neighbors who donât understand why I would choose to ride my bike when I have a perfectly good minivan. Letâs face itâenvironmental concerns arenât really the reason I donât own an X360 yet. But maybe they should beâŚâ
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Lenovo Says They Agree with Us! We say Prove It!
November 10th, 2010, posted by Allison Cook
Inspired by The Story of Electronics, hundreds of people sent letters to Lenovo President and CEO Rory Read yesterday, telling the company to green its products and âMake âem Safe, Make âem Last, and Take âem Back.â Within hours,Read got back in touch to say he âcould not agree with [us] more.â
Weâre excited that Lenovo wants to do better, but with their weak track record on responsible recycling and failure to follow through on a commitment to get PVC and brominated flame retardants out of their products, weâre not ready to take them at their word just yet.
Lenovoâthe worldâs fourth largest personal computer makerâgot a D minus on the Electronics TakeBack Coalitionâs Recycling Report Card. They have a takeback program on paper, but in reality theyâre not making the effort to take back their products unless state laws force them to. In most states, Lenovo simply offers a dysfunctional mailback program, and, letâs face it, almost nobodyâs mailing back their electronics for recycling. In Texas, for example, they collected a paltry 458 lbs of e-waste in 2009. (By comparison, Dell collected 13 million lbs in Texas). We know Lenovo can do better!
In his letter, the Lenovo CEO said that his company is getting ready to release a new sustainability report that demonstrates their commitment to making clean, green, long-lasting products. If Read really agrees with us, this report should include Lenovoâs commitment to:
â˘ Work only with recyclers who are certified to the rigorous e-Stewards recycling standard;
â˘ Make a real effort to get back their products in the U.S., by offering convenient, well publicized collection sites in all states;
â˘ Provide full transparency on their recycling vendors, detailed vendor requirements, and volumes collected by state;
â˘ Support federal legislation to stop global e-waste dumping from the U.S.; and
â˘ Design out the toxics and design in closed loop recycling, so products collected can be recycled into new Lenovo products
So, go ahead and show us what youâre made of, Lenovo! Prove that youâre truly committed to going green.