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Design Over Environment?
For instance, the batteries in the new MacBook Pros are glued to the casing and cannot be disassembled for recycling -- which violates the EPEAT standard. Frisbee said this was "odd," since Apple helped create that very standard.
The reason for glued batteries in the MacBooks is not evident, although there is speculation that it reflects the company's penchant for discouraging users from tinkering with its products. The batteries, which contain toxic materials, must be able to be separated from the recyclable materials if a product is to meet the EPEAT standard.
Casey Harrell, spokesman for the environmental organization Greenpeace, said that Apple "has pitted design against the environment -- and chosen design."
Story Update -- July 14 -- Apple Rejoins EPEAT
In response to a deluge of negative feedback and potential lost sales, Apple has decided not to withdraw its products from the EPEAT registry.
The following letter from Bob Mansfield, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, explains their decision and the sudden turn of events. The letter, which is posted on Apple's site, reads as follows:
We've recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.
It's important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever. Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly, and much of our progress has come in areas not yet measured by EPEAT.
For example, Apple led the industry in removing harmful toxins such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). We are the only company to comprehensively report greenhouse gas emissions for every product we make, taking into account the entire product lifecycle. And we've removed plastics wherever possible, in favor of materials that are more highly recyclable, more durable, more efficient and longer lasting.
Perhaps most importantly, we make the most energy-efficient computers in the world and our entire product line exceeds the stringent ENERGY STAR 5.2 government standard. No one else in our industry can make that claim.(continued...)
Posted: 2012-07-14 @ 10:45am PT
@Jessica: That's right, as of Friday July 13, Apple reversed their decision and announced that they will continue to participate in the EPEAT rating system.
Posted: 2012-07-14 @ 2:54am PT
Both EPEAT and APPLE website state they are working together again? 7/14/2012