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 user 2006-05-23 at 11:52:00 am Views: 52
  • #15515

    Motorola hangs up on toxic clean up promise


    US mobile phone company Motorola has
    backtracked on a promise to remove toxic chemicals from its products.
    While competitors like Sony Ericsson and Nokia are living up to their
    commitments to remove toxic chemicals, Motorola is not answering the
    call to clean up.

    Over the last couple of years we have been pressuring leading companies
    to  remove the most toxic chemicals from their products.  With
    companies as diverse as H&M, Puma, Adidas, Hewlett Packard and
    Nokia, we have scored some notable successes.

    Many chemicals in
    everyday products are now common environmental pollutants. Almost everyone has dozens of man-made chemicals
    in their body, and the effects of these chemical cocktails on our health
    are largely unknown.

    Back in October 2005 we congratulated Motorola for joining the
    good guys when they made toxic clean-up promises. In a July 2005 letter, Motorola
    committed to phase out all toxic brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in
    its mobile phones by mid 2007 and to provide a phase out date for the
    hazardous plastic PVC by March 2006. But after follow-up talks on their
    progress we received a letter on 15 May 2006 stating that Motorola cannot phase out BFRs and PVC from their products.

    Motorola’s letter makes several excuses for not keeping their
    promise. But other mobile phone companies have shown us progress rather
    than excuses. Sony Ericsson has already removed
    BFRs from all their models except one. Nokia has already removed PVC in
    all new models and is on target to remove BFRs by the end of 2006.

    For the other companies that made commitments in 2004 and 2005 it is
    time to put words in to action. Both LG electronics and Samsung are
    currently behind on their promises but still working towards
    elimination of these toxic chemicals. Both companies have large product
    ranges from cameras to refrigerators that can make elimination from the
    whole product range more complex. Motorola makes mainly mobile phones
    so it doesn’t even have the excuse of a diverse product range.

    Check out how the top electronics companies compare on eliminating toxic chemicals and consider who you want to get your money next time you go shopping for electronics.

    So Hello? Motorola? If your competitors can make their products greener, why can’t you?