“Given the growing mountains of e-waste in China – both imported and domestically generated – it is heartening to see a Chinese company taking the lead, and assuming responsibility at least for its own branded waste,” said Iza Kruszewska, our International Toxics Campaigner, “The challenge for the industry now is to see who will actually place greener products on the market.””Lenovo, which bought IBM’s consumer electronics division in 2005, scores top marks on its e-waste policies and practice; the company offers takeback and recycling in all the countries where its products are sold. Lenovo also reports the amount of e-waste it recycles as a percentage of its sales. However, the company has yet to put on the market products that are free of the worst chemicals.”
This is big news for us. We went from a low place on last year’s list to the top of the latest ranking from Greenpeace.
The International Herald Tribune covered the list:
“The environmental group ranked 14 companies according to their efforts to limit the use of hazardous chemicals in production and in ensuring that goods that become broken or obsolete are recycled.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Iza Kruszewska said Lenovo, which bought IBM’s consumer electronics division in 2005, has tried to lessen its environmental impact since the list was introduced in August 2006. It was the first of the electronics giants to offer all customers the opportunity to give back computers for recycling.
Lenovo is a rare example of a company bucking the tide in China, which is a dumping ground for hazardous electronics, domestically made and imported, she said.”