Apple No Longer Adheres to EPEAT Environmental Standards

For the past several years, Apple has placed a great emphasis on its environmental friendliness. In 2009, for instance, Apple reached a significant green milestone by having its entire lineup of Mac notebooks and desktop computers earn EPEAT Gold status.

EPEAT, or the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, assesses consumer electronics based on their lifetime environmental standards and then ranks those products as gold, silver or bronze based on certain criteria.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, however, Apple has pulled its entire product lineup from the EPEAT registry and will no longer be submitting future products for an environmental rating.

Apple has notified EPEAT that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry and will no longer be submitting its products to EPEAT for environmental rating.

We regret that Apple will no longer be registering its products in EPEAT.  We hope that they will decide to do so again at some point in future.

EPEAT requires that recyclers are able to disassemble products easily and with common tools, which Apple claims is a requirement that it no longer meets with its recent products. Apple products have become increasingly difficult to take apart, with sending the device to One Infinite Loop for official servicing often the best option to protect your investment. Otherwise, tampering with your device can result in permanently damage and voids your warranty policy with Apple.

Kyle Wiens, co-founder of popular gadget teardown website, notes that Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display is nearly impossible to disassemble because of its glued battery and display. Apple is simply trying to fit as many components within a small space as possible, but this is unfortunately of the downsides to that practice. Apple did not submit the new MacBook Pro for EPEAT testing.

[WSJ, EPEAT via The Verge]


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