If you must buy a new computer

Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 at 1:07 pm by JTE

and think hard about whether that’s really the case, but if it is, then consider this AlterNet missive:

…Then again, who talks about environmental policy at an electronics fair? Michael Dell does. A few states away at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the second week of January, the head of struggling Dell Computers raised the stakes for the entire PC industry: “I challenge every PC maker to join us in providing free recycling for every customer in every country … all the time — no exceptions,” he said.

[Steve] Jobs and the PR wizards at Apple have done a fantastic job of positioning the company as the technological haven for the hip, the progressive and the revolutionary. But when it comes to the environment, Apple is out of touch.

In December of 2006, Greenpeace released a report ranking the overall environmental policy of major technology companies. Dell was at the top but Apple found itself at the bottom. While top companies like Dell and Nokia have made great strides to eliminate the most toxic chemicals from their products and offer strong recycling programs, Apple has not…

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