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Apple’s drive to put out greener products will cost suppliers cash in the short term but will result in big long-term environmental advantages. Volex, which makes power and USB cables for the Mac maker’s mobile devices, will switch to halogen-free designs during the coming year.

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Apple’s drive to put out greener products will cost one of its suppliers some cash in the short term but will result in big environmental advantages over the long haul. Volex, which makes power and USB cables for the Mac maker’s mobile devices, will be switching to halogen-free power cables during the coming year.

The move is said to be caused at least in part by Apple’s “green push,” according to the London Evening Standard. Apple has taken measures during the past few years to lessen the environmental impact of its products. Those measures include reduced packaging as well as changes in the types and number of components used in its products. While the measures have been seen as effective by organizations like Greenpeace, Apple still faces criticism from environmental organizations in supplier countries, most notably China.

The presence of halogens in electronics is a danger, because when products are incinerated at the end of life, the burning halogen can release dioxins and furans into the atmosphere, which have been shown in studies to be increasing in presence in soil, ground water and people. Dioxins and furans are thought to be carcinogenic in large-enough concentrations, and in fact a 2003 study said that there is no known “threshold below which dioxin will not cause cancer.” Sounds like getting rid of them is a wise move.

  1. I work as an environmental engineer at one of major electronics company. Most of the electronics industry started and completed the move toward halogen free technologies in all products and accessories a few years ago. Apple is laggard when it comes to green technologies. Check Greenpeace for the sources.

    You are basically applauding apple for being a laggard ? Really ?

    Just because its apple its best and has do evil motto? Man, apple has really mesmerized the american press.

    Unfortunately 80% of good content on the internet is very US centric, that’s there is no balanced view on the internet anymore!

    A very sad state of affair!

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  2. That are good news for the Earth. I’m happy to be a fan of a company that really cares about environment and is trying to do its best for been greener.

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  3. While there are no perfect companies, we applaud a step in the right direction. Now more steps please.

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