Greenpeace is happy with Apple going greener- so am I
“This time Steve is on the right path for a green Apple. The MacBook Air is a strong entry in the race to build a green PC. As a mercury and arsenic free laptop it exceeds European Standards and raises the bar for the rest of the industry. The BFR and PVC free printed wiring on the motherboard is a big step forward.”
Making electronic equipment with safer and less-polluting materials is a very important step, and both mercury and arsenic are present in significant amounts in the vast majority computers in use today. These toxic elements are not a threat while using a computer, but they are to workers in parts of the assembly process, and, of course, to the environment: they can leach out of landfills or poison people and areas if improper recycling is done.
© James K. Bashkin, 2008