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The Green Apple Continues to Ripen

dsc_0195 A new year starts, and with it comes two of the year’s biggest tech conventions, essentially right on top of each other. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas finished last week, only to let MacWorld start this week, with Steve Jobs’ keynote speech.

And for the green nerds among us, it was a big speech indeed.

Greenpeace – who have been hard on Apple’s tail for awhile now – have applauded Steve Jobs and what he announced yesterday. In fact, the whole green community should applaud Apple, for seeing the need and acting upon it to make their products greener.

Last year wasn’t a great year for the computer giant, receiving much criticism for a less-than-green iPhone, and a lackluster commitment to phasing out the use of harmful chemicals in their products. Of course, a lot of people took Greenpeace to task for overlooking certain things in their review, but all in all Apple could have done better.

appleenviroThe proof is in the pudding though, and on Tuesday Steve gave a lot of us what we had been asking for for a long time. Putting aside the lackluster announcements, in comparison to last year’s iPhone introduction, the MacBook Air – which literally fits inside an interoffice envelope – is one of the greenest computers now on the market (available for pre-order if you’re interested).

The MacBook Air website even has its own little Environmental Status Report, which shows just what Apple is doing for the environment. Mercury free LCD display and an arsenic free glass, PVC free internal cables, this computer exceeds European Standards.

Apple are trying so hard, and they’re nearly at the point where they could be called an environmental leader in the technological industry. Let’s keep the pressure on them, and keep them honest!

 

Greenpeace – Green apple not quite ripe?

Apple Tech Specs

Photo Courtesy of Engadget




3 comments
  1. Uncle B

    Green? Software? Ubuntu! No packaging, no retail outlets, no costly salesperson, no fancy advertisments, no catchy jingles, no Bull Shiite, it just works! Free download from the net, and all info needed, manuals and co-users for free on the web too! A win -win for Americans and environment. Try it you’ll like it1 Comes complete with Open Office and other software, even more can be downloaded right on the net! Check this bargain out soon! Will not last forever!

  2. Michael Droste

    I use a mac all the time – great products…

    In fact I used it to make the following:

    Two Teachers Team Up to ‘Save The Planet’

    Michael Droste and Jeffrey Walker, two teachers from Illinois, teamed up to write a song called “Save the Planet.” The teachers are going to donate partial proceeds from the song to, “Those not for profit groups – dedicated to saving the planet.” “We wanted a way to reach students, parents and everyone about this issue – and what better way than through a song,” said Jeff. The song gives you easy, simple steps, that you can take to make the world a better place for you and everyone on the planet.

    People can also visit http://www.SaveThePlanetSong.org for more information and tips on recycling and saving energy.

    The album “Save The Planet” is available through the Itunes music store. Itunes Link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=267908721&id=267908696&s=143441

    If you do not have Itunes you may get our song at: http://www.emusic.com

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