Hewlett-Packard is bracing itself for an international Greenpeace protest at its California headquarters today (6 December), as it comes under increasing pressure from environmental campaigners over its use of toxic chemicals in the production of its PCs, printers and other kit.
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HP has been singled out by Greenpeace for its use of toxic flame retardants. The environmental campaign group wants HP to commit to firm timelines for when it will end their use in production.
In a Greenpeace report last month HP was singled out by the group for allegedly talking green but not doing enough to turn words into deeds.
While HP was not the only PC manufacturer criticised in the report for using flame retardants, Greenpeace said other manufacturers had made better progress in ending their use.
HP has also been chosen for the protest because it is one of biggest PC manufacturers.
The HP campaign is a concerted one by Greenpeace. In May the group dumped a truckload of waste at HP’s Geneva offices, and last year it blocked the entrance to HP’s Dutch offices in Utrecht.
HP says it provides more recycling solutions globally than any other IT company and its goal is to exceed the European Union’s Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance obligations by meeting the requirements on a worldwide basis.