Green Electronics

With so many choices for those looking to buy a new Television, laptop computer or other type of electronic device, why not take the environment into consideration when choosing?

Nowadays you can pretty much find four or five separate equally equipped 46 inch LCD HD televisions put out by different manufacturers. So when the specs are the same, the price is the same, why not pick the eco friendly company over the polluter? Greenpeace has come out with a Guide to Greener Electronics, and while its not perfect, it is headed in the right direction.

The basis for their ranking system is how the companies stack up when it comes to toxic chemicals in their products, recycling programs and climate change policies. While somewhat objective and compiled from cooperate website information, it helps form a reference point for companies committed to environmental stewardship.

green electronics 7.45 Nokia – Scores top marks for leading competitors on toxic phase out.
7.1 Samsung – Holds second position for commitment to reduce absolute emissions.
6.5 Sony Ericsson – Up two places with better product energy efficiency reporting.
5.7 LG Electronics – Up two places but needs to eliminate hazardous chemicals from all products.
5.5 Toshiba – Moves up two places with an extra point for promising to cut GHGs.
5.5 Motorola – Scores higher and climbs two places because of use of renewable energy
5.3 Philips – Falls from 4th to 7th position and needs to put its commitment to responsible recycling policies into practice.
5.3 Sharp – Rises from 9th to joint 7th place with its energy efficient products.
4.9 Acer – Put out 16 new models of a monitor that are almost free of hazardous chemicals and climbed two places from 11 to 9 but still needs to sort out the power cord.
4.9 Panasonic – Advance from 12th to 10th place for energy efficiency and PVC-free product range, but still bad on e-waste.
4.7 Apple – Drops one position to 11th with no change in scores but gets kudos for their green MacBook.
4.5 Sony – Plunges from 5th to 12th place for inadequate commitments on eliminating hazardous chemicals, e-waste policy and cutting GHGs.
3.9 Dell – Stays at 13th place because of backtracking on toxic phase out.
3.5 HP – Is at 14th position and has no products on the market free of toxic substances.
2.5 Microsoft – Loses a point for a poor recycling policy but stays in 15th position.
2.5 Lenovo – Down two places with no set timeline for toxic phase out on all products.
2.4 Fujitsu – Debuts second from last with no products that are free of hazardous chemicals.
1 Nintendo – Stays put in last position with a glimmer of hope with partially PVC-free consoles.

Another website out there helping to make a difference is the Green Efficient Guide. Here you can look up energy saving televisions and compare them by their power use, making sure you get the TV that uses the lowest amount of electricity. They also track the standby power of these televisions, since no electronics are actually ‘off’ anymore.

You can even calculate the yearly cost of the television or electronics you choose by entering in the average amount of television you watch a day. You can even factor in whether or not you have a vampire energy-killing power strip.

[via ecogeek]

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