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 user 2006-09-25 at 11:24:00 am Views: 40
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    HP and Apple’s toxic laptops exposed
    of the best-known laptops are contaminated with some of the worst toxic
    chemicals. Of the five top brands we tested Hewlett-Packard and Apple
    laptops showed the worst contamination levels.

    independant Danish laboratory tested for the presence of several toxic
    chemicals, including brominated flame retardants (BFRs), polyvinyl
    chloride plastic (PVC), and even lead, in brand new laptops from five
    of the world’s leading manufacturers (Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Sony). HP
    and Apple laptops contained the highest levels of contamination.We have
    been pressuring leading electronic companies to ditch toxic chemicals
    in favour of safer alternatives. The laptop tests reveal if the top
    companies are matching nice green words with real action.

    Chemical lies?
    for HP revealed high levels of a number of chemicals in its components,
    in particular the highest levels by far of PBDEs (a class of Brominated
    Fire Retardants) including something called decaBDE. HP’s website
    claims it removed decaBDE from its products years ago.Either HP is
    lying or HP needs to ask its suppliers some tough questions. Lead was
    also found in the soldering.HP has been downgraded due to these results
    on our Guide to Greener Electronics.  The guide ranks PC and mobile
    companies on their chemical and waste policies and practices. HP was
    third but has slipped to sixth position, with 4.7 out of 10, down from

    Poison Apples
    Apple has recently launched its new range
    of MacBooks, but what you also get with a new MacBook is the highest
    level of another type of toxic flame retardant, tetrabromobisphenol A.
    Apple claims it is looking for alternatives but for now it appears to
    be using far more of this toxic chemical than its competitors.Dr. Kevin
    Brigden, of the Greenpeace Science Unit, was alarmed by the results:
    “During the sampling process it was remarkable to note that, whether
    Mac or PC, once you by-pass the sleek and cool design of these
    computers, hazardous substances are a component common to all.”Previous
    Greenpeace research has revealed that the same toxic chemicals found in
    these tests are polluting electronic waste (e-waste) scrap yards in
    China and India. These yards are often the final polluted resting place
    of computers thrown away in other countries.Dr. Brigden visited these
    yards to take samples in 2005: “BFRs, especially PDBEs, were widespread
    in the recycling yards and surrounding environment in China and India
    where electronics components are being scrapped. Lead was also found in
    many locations, often at very high levels.”Because none of the large
    electronics players have a comprehensive take-back policy for their old
    products many old computers end up dumped in Asia and recycled by hand
    in appalling conditions.Electronics is a fast moving, innovative
    industry that can respond quickly to users’ wishes and new trends. It’s
    high time it moved quickly to make greener, longer-lasting products to
    help reverse the growing trend in toxic e-waste.