Electronics Production | July 10, 2012

Apple products no longer green certified

Apple has pulled the green certification from all its products.
Joel Schectman, a writer for the Wall Street Journal blog CIO, was first to report that Apple has pulled its products off the U.S. government-backed registration of environmentally friendly electronics. The company asked EPEAT, the electronics standards setting group, to strike the company from its list last month.

IFixit reports that Apple's newest MacBook Pro, with a high-resolution “Retina” display, has a battery glued to the case, making it almost impossible to disassemble and recycle. Analysts speculate the new direction for Apple, focused on smaller products with longer battery life, makes environmental certification untenable.

The new direction may affect sales of Apple products to educational institutes and federal agencies which often have environmental standards in line with EPEAT's requirements.


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