[LINK] "Wow. These are some fancy handouts."

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Oct 8 10:15:18 AEDT 2009

Ivan Trundle wrote:
> On 07/10/2009, at 3:22 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> <http://green.asus.com/english/default.aspx?page=post&IDno=98&nKind=news 
>> and the european eco-label....
>> <http://www.eco-label.com/
> I think that Apple has quite a lot to say on so called 'green- 
> washing'. They have been particularly critical of so-called green  
> assessments which they believed to be inadequate, and did not take  
> into account all factors relating to the complete life-cycle - and  
> beyond - of a given product, including shipping costs of raw  
> materials, and business energy costs.
> A good starting point:
> http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/toxics/electronics

ASUS is too small to make it onto the
Greenpeace 18 largest manufactures list.

Also, Greenpeace is assessing on policies
but I think we need real measures.

It would also appear that you need to
make decisions on specific products,
here is the IEEE standard:

and for plastics:

 From an Australian Regulatory
perspective - power use, product miles
and waste management are probably the
important issues:

The ASUS packaging:
*plastic bags and handle: 4-LDPE
*plastic bag 02-HDPE,
*the styrofoam 06-PS,
*the plastic caps are labelled "GLF".
*the brown cardboard box is labelled: RESY
*the sticker CB
*G.W 5.8kgs (N.W. 3.8kgs)

I would guess the plastic bags are
necessary for waterproofing.
The weight is an issue - though the
alternative to styrofoam is (compostable?)
moulded paper, which is what the Kogan
Netbook came in.

*the monitor is ROHS Compliant
*the lamp contains mercury (CE-FC)

The Kogan manual had to be downloaded.
The ASUS monitor
came with a warranty booklet and 31
language quickstart guide
(in a plastic bag). But I had to google
for the spec.

The operational energy footprint (18.5"
*Power Consumption < 25 W
*Power Saving Mode < 2 W

> But I do commend Apple for taking this seriously and seeking to  
> ameliorate the issue on so many levels, and not just in product  
> manufacture and recycling - they go much further than this as a  
> general corporate citizen, with commuter programs and the like.
Apple, other phone manufacturers and the
Telcos should just about
be donating a percentage of their
profits to Public Transport.
A starting point on CSR/Corporate Ethics is:

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: 0414-869202

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