Greenwashing

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Greenwashing

A slang term for a situation in which a company takes token steps to be more environmentally conscious, but advertises its steps in such a way as to make them appear more significant than they are. For example, if a company places recycling bins next to its trash cans but does nothing to curb its corporate jet use, it may greenwash its decisions by playing up the recycling bins.
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Considering the size and scope of the Indian electronics market, we are excited about the environmental benefits that will flow from today's opening of EPEAT for India," Frisbee added.
Electronics makers and other interested parties establish EPEAT criteria used to rate computers, with bronze, silver, and gold being the top rankings in succession.
Products that earn the EPEAT registration have less cadmium, lead and mercury than traditional computers, are more energy efficient and are easier to recycle.
EPEAT has three components: (1) a standard that contains fifty-one environmental performance criteria, IEEE 1680-2006, Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products, Including Laptop & Desktop Computers & Monitors; (2) a system for identifying and verifying the products that meet the criteria; and (3) an environmental benefits calculator.
New HP business products meeting the EPEAT Gold status include the HP Compaq 2510p and HP Compaq 2710p Business Notebook series PCs and all models of the HP Compaq dc7800, dc5750 and dc5700 Business Desktop PC families.
Environmental Protection Agency, using very conservative assumptions, estimates that over the next five years, purchases of EPEAT registered computers will result in reductions of more than 13 million pounds of hazardous waste, more than three million pounds of non-hazardous waste and more than 600,000 MWh of Energy--enough to power six million homes.
The EPEAT registry currently includes imaging equipment from seven manufacturers: Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Ricoh and Xerox.
Featuring a VESA mountable design, the Energy Star and EPEAT Silver certified ViewSonic TD2220 also features an Ecomode setting, for up to 40% energy savings.
The city of San Francisco is to suspend buying Apple computers following the companies decision to stop participation of the EPEAT system (used by government departments to determine the environmental impact of technology).
One option is to look for products that earn a Gold rating from EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), which assesses electronics products for their responsible manufacturing, energy efficiency, and recyclability.
As the industry's greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.
0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold in the US for their environmental attributes.