Greenpeace says HP is all Hazardous Products


Greenpeace says HP is all Hazardous Products

Cliff Saran

Greenpeace has attacked HP for using toxic chemicals in the production of PCs.

In California, US, staff at HP's global headquarters were greeted with the message "HP = Hazardous Products" painted on the roof in large yellow letters and automated phone calls from actor William Shatner, calling upon the company to phase-out the toxic chemicals.

This protest follows similar demonstrations against HP at its offices in China and Holland highlighting the continued presence of toxic chemicals in HP products, Greenpeace said.

According to Greenpeace, earlier this year HP postponed its 2007 commitment to phase-out dangerous substances such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic(2) from its computer products (excluding server and printer lines) from 2009 to 2011.

"It's shameful that HP is continuing to put hazardous products on the market, despite the promises it had made," said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International toxics campaigner. "Instead of going back on its commitments, HP should be following the lead of companies like Apple, which has led the sector in phasing out these toxic chemicals."

Greenpeace has also slammed games console makers Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony for lagging behind the PC industry in cleaning up their console production processes.

HP said on its website, "We still use certain BFRs in printed-circuit boards because suitable alternatives are not yet available."

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