Apple once was the target of protests children Greenpeace socio-environmental objectives to Hewlett-Packard (aka HP) which, if not number one, is one of the largest manufacturers of PCs, equipment and various computer supplies in the world. The organization's activists claim to have scaled the company's hundreds of thousands of square meters complex from the outside and painted the words “Hazardous Products ” (in Portuguese, “dangerous products”) on the roof, using non-toxic paint.
Such an attitude was predicted a long time ago, when activists released their last classification of "green" companies in the high-tech sector. Currently, HP is one of the worst in the ranking, and its situation with Greenpeace has deteriorated further due to its delays in the goals of reducing the use of toxic components in its computers.
The main compounds in question are PVC (a type of plastic) and BFR (bromide-based flame retardants), which are quite aggressive to the environment due to the high time required for decomposition, in addition to releasing harmful gases with their combustion. Having eliminated these elements from its product line, Apple was involved in the case, but now as an example to be followed.
“If Apple could become PVC and BFR free, why can't HP? There are no excuses, ”reports Greenpeace on Twitter. Unfortunately, there is no denying that the non-governmental organization is right: many of the technology companies evaluated by it have been trying to be more friendly to the world with their products, but one of the giants in this sector is not even able to meet the goals that lays down.
However, I continue to find the action of these activist groups partially incorrect, as they do not work with end users and make them aware of getting rid of their computers and gadgets in the right way. Now, do they really think that all the end users in the world will base their choice for a “green” product just by looking at roofs painted with face paint?