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Ignoring sustainable technology these days can get you tarred and feathered — or at least painted with non-toxic eco-friendly children’s finger-paint. Greenpeace, the environmental group that compiles a list of the greenest gadget makers, has decided to take aim at Hewlett Packard for what it calls […]

Ignoring sustainable technology these days can get you tarred and feathered — or at least painted with non-toxic eco-friendly children’s finger-paint. Greenpeace, the environmental group that compiles a list of the greenest gadget makers, has decided to take aim at Hewlett Packard for what it calls HP’s lack of commitment to green gadgets. This morning the group painted the message “Hazardous Products” on HP’s Palo Alto, Calif. headquarter’s rooftop. As part of the stunt, Greenpeace also says it sent an automated phone call from William Shatner to HP employees asking them to “phase out toxic chemicals.” (Shatner’s had a busy week, watch his Sarah Palin poetry slam here).

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Greenpeace says that HP “continues to put hazardous products on the market despite promises made years ago to phase out these toxic compounds,” and the environmental group specifically points to HP competitor Apple as a leader to emulate in phasing toxic chemicals in tech goods. More specifically Greenpeace says that HP has pushed back a commitment to eliminate brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride plastics from its computers to as late as 2011. Earlier this month Greenpeace ranked HP near the bottom — 13th out of 18 manufacturers — because of its delayed commitment.

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Image courtesy of Flickr’s GreenPeace page.

  1. [...] But there are, and will continue to be, growing pains for a new Energy Star program with teeth. LG, of course, says the audit is unfair, because the DOE has started asking for a specific test that LG wasn’t aware of (for a good description of the details see Green Inc’s piece), and LG has responded with a lawsuit. If the DOE issues more bans and fines, expect to see a lot more of these lawsuits in 2010. Note to appliance makers: Just spend the extra money to make these products clearly in compliance with Energy Star — it’s really bad PR to file lawsuits over greenwashing a product. And you don’t want Greenpeace up in your grill. [...]

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