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Dell, Nokia Top List of "Green" Electronics Companies
Aug 29, 2006
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Finland’s Nokia does the best job using minimal amounts of hazardous chemicals, and Round Rock, TX-based Dell is best in providing consumers with programs to help dispose of unwanted computer hardware and other materials, according to Greenpeace's "Guide to Greener Electronics," a report that ranks 14 major computer and mobile phone producers on their use of potentially harmful chemicals and other substances within products, as well as their recycling initiatives.

Since the start of 2006, Nokia has not included any polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—a plastic used for wire and cable insulation that creates toxic pollution when disposed of improperly—in any of its products, and by the start of 2007 the company will cease the use of brominated flame retardants (BFR), a substance used within circuit boards and casings, according to the release. The report also found that not only is Dell operating recycling programs, but it has also set ambitious targets for recycling more and more consumers’ used computer equipment.

The ranking of firms included within Greenpeace’s report is as follows:

Nokia, Dell (tie for 1st place)
Hewlett-Packard
Sony Ericsson
Samsung
Sony
LG Electronics
Panasonic
Toshiba
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Apple
Acer
Motorola
Lenovo

The ranking of companies depends more on their usage of dangerous materials in products than their recycling efforts because Greenpeace says it’s impossible to create fully-functional recycling programs if hazardous materials are still in use.

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