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Greenpeace says hi-tech products made by HP & others use toxic flame retardants, calls on companies to commit to reducing e-waste from their products

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Article
7 June 2005

[DOC] Greenpeace statement in response to Hewlett-Packard

Author: Greenpeace

HP prides itself in its program “to ensure that each product is safe for people and the planet”. However, its pride is misplaced because its products contain hazardous chemicals and are therefore far from environmentally sound...Greenpeace has met with HP on several occasions over the past two years to request that it join other leaders of the electronics industry such as Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson [joint venture Sony & Ericsson] and Nokia, and commits to substituting the most dangerous chemicals in their products with safer alternatives. Unlike these other companies, HP has failed to make any such commitment.

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Company response
27 May 2005

Response by HP (Hewlett-Packard): Greenpeace report says hi-tech products made by Hewlett-Packard & others use toxic flame retardants.

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Article
26 May 2005

HP website: "Environmental sustainability"

Author: Hewlett Packard (HP)

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Article
24 May 2005

Computer giant HP mute over toxin use

Author: China Daily

An investigation by conservation group Greenpeace has found computers made by IT giant Hewlett Packard (HP) and sold in Europe as well as in China contain dangerous levels of deadly toxins...in a reply e-mail to Greenpeace...HP said: "...HP has a strong history of removing this material (TBBPA) from our products..." ...Some companies have already made commitments to phase out the chemical's use [including Sony Ericsson and Nokia]...However, some others -- including HP, Apple, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, IBM, LG, Motorola, Panasonic, and Toshiba -- have yet to make similar commitments.

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Article
23 May 2005

Pulling the plug on dirty electronics

Author: Greenpeace

Because our mobile phones, computers and other electronic products are made using toxic ingredients, workers at production sites are at risk of exposure and the products cannot be recycled safely when they are discarded. Many are routinely, and often illegally, shipped as waste from Europe, US and Japan to Asia because it is cheaper and easier to dump the problem on poor countries that have low environmental standards than to tackle it at home...Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson [joint venture Sony & Ericsson] and Nokia have already taken a first step by committing to eliminate toxic flame retardants and PVC plastic from some of their products. But Hewlett Packard [HP] has made no such commitment, nor have Apple, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens [joint venture Fujitsu & Siemens], IBM, LG, Motorola, Panasonic [part of Matsushita], or Toshiba.

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Article
1 May 2005

[PDF] full report: "Toxic Tech - Pulling the Plug on Dirty Electronics"

Author: Greenpeace

The world’s booming consumption of electronic and electrical goods has created a corresponding explosion in electronic scrap containing toxic, persistent chemicals and heavy metals...Every year, hundreds of thousands of old computers and mobile phones are dumped in landfills or burned in smelters. Thousands more are exported, often illegally, from the European Union, United States, Japan and other industrialised countries, to Asia. There,workers at scrap yards, some of whom are children, are exposed to a cocktail of toxic chemicals and poisons when they break the products apart.

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