Environmental group calls for ‘green’ electronic products

January 10th, 2009 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Las Vegas, Jan 10 (Xinhua) Environmental group Greenpeace has called for more efforts to produce “the greenest consumer electronic products”.Consumer electronic products have “a smaller environmental footprint than those sold a year ago” but the industry as a whole still has plenty of room for improvement, Greenpeace said in a new survey released Friday at the ongoing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is the world’s largest trade show for consumer technology.

In the survey entitled “Green Electronics: the Search Continues”, Greenpeace assesses the progress made over the past year by consumer electronic companies on their public commitments to green their products, the NGO said in a press release.

The survey finds that fewer electronic products on the market contain harmful PVC plastic and fewer hazardous chemicals are being used in products, while LED (light-emitting diode) displays, which save energy and avoid the use of mercury in backlights, are more commonplace.

“Manufacturers are using larger quantities of post-consumer recycled plastic in TVs and monitors and producers have established more comprehensive voluntary take-back and recycling programs,” said the release.

“Most companies have also adapted quickly to the new requirements of Energy Star, a well recognised benchmark for energy efficiency.”

“We’re on the hunt for a truly green product that is free from toxic chemicals and excels in energy efficiency and durability,” said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International toxics campaigner.

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