Due to Apple’s last week withdrawing from EPEAT’s list of environmentally friendly products, the San Francisco Department of Environment decided to ban the purchase of Apple’s products for the citizens.
Apple retorted on Tuesday with two powerful reasons: the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool doesn’t have such high standards as Apple in measuring toxins and doesn’t cover smartphones and tablets. Apple’s spokesman, Kristin Huguet told The Loop that
“We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials.”
In addition to this, Apple measures also carbon footprints, which are not measured by EPEAT, proving that EPEAT’s certifications are in need for a refresh. Apple’s actions for a friendly environment, such as recycling programs and the use of solar panels, are various and already popular; also, a story describing the company’s environmental footprint and that often gets updated is published on the official web page.
Source: The Loop