Items tagged with EPEAT

When it comes to checking companies on their green claims, particularly in the consumer electronics space, there are few outlets that are scrutinized more highly than EPEAT. Particularly after Apple's in-then-out episode earlier in the year, EPEAT's updates are being watched like a hawk. Not only to see who gets in, but also who drops out. Now, EPEAT's latest notes are out, and five new ultrathin laptops are on deck. Products from Apple, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba were investigated, and the short version is that all of them met the requirements of the criteria reviewed. Here's a bit about the specifics from EPEAT itself: The findings released today are the culmination of a lengthy review of... Read more...
Here's something you don't see every single day: Apple apologizing. Back when the iPhone 4's "Antennagate" scandal took off, it really boiled down to users "holding it wrong." But these days we have a new Apple, and the company obviously willing to say when it's made a misstep. Bob Mansfield, the company's outgoing (retirement) Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, has published a letter on the company's site regarding its recent decision to pull products from EPEAT's certification list. In part, the letter reads: "We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this... Read more...
Just a short time after Apple pulled 39 products from the aging EPEAT green technology certification program, people have stopped scratching their heads and are starting to flip out. Among the most noteworthy naysayers is the San Francisco Department of Environment, which plans to alert city agencies that Apple products are off the city funds list. If it seems unlikely that the PR-savvy tech giant would turn its back on environmentally-friendly production, that's because it is. Though Apple has been characteristically quiet on the issue, the Electronic Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) program was quick to get the word out. EPEAT CEO Robert Frisbee told the Wall Street Journal that "They... Read more...
Here's a strange one. Ever heard of EPEAT? If you follow recycling or green design at all, you probably have. Much like the Energy Star certification, most companies clamor over having an EPEAT Certification. It's a symbol of extra effort and concern for the environment, showing that companies are being mindful to waste and toxic chemicals used in the building of their products. In fact, Apple is actually credited with being one of many manufacturers who helped create the standards, and as of last week, it had 39 different products listed as EPEAT Certified. But that's changing now. For whatever reason, Apple has requested that all 39 of those items be pulled from the EPEAT shelves. Robert Frisbee,... Read more...
Five VH Series LCD Monitors Join ASUS Bamboo Series and N Series Notebooks as EPEAT Gold Rated ProductsFremont, CA (April 20, 2009) – Five ASUS VH Series LCD monitors with screen sizes ranging from 20” to 24” have been certified by EPEAT at the Gold level, the highest environmental rating possible. EPEAT is an international organization that evaluates PCs based on their environmental attributes. Designed and manufactured in strict adherence to GreenASUS principles, the ASUS VH202T-P, VH222H-P, VH232H-P, VH236H-P and VH242H-P successfully met or exceeded the required criteria and at least 75% of the optional criteria necessary to receive a Gold rating from EPEAT. These LCD monitors now join ASUS’... Read more...
Part of jobsearch giant Monster.com was yanked off the Internet for a short period on Monday after it was discovered that hackers had managed to redirect some Monster users to servers where they were exposed to an exploit that collected sensitive personal data from them.The iFrame attack marred employment listings offered by some of the world's biggest companies, including Best Buy, Toyota Financial and Eddie Bauer, Thompson said. People who visited those listings were redirected to a server that hosted the exploits. The malicious javascript was encrypted, making it hard to know exactly how it behaved.Monster.com has since scrubbed its pages clean of the offending code and restored the pages... Read more...
Scientists at UIUC, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have recently developed a very unique polymer material that has the ability to heal itself over and over again when it cracks. The new polymer is designed to be like human skin. When human skin is cut, blood vessels from the inner layer deliver nutrients to the site of injury to aid healing. UIUC’s material acts in a similar way and consists of two layers. In order to test the material, the group of scientists bend it until the polymer coating cracks. Tests reveal that the material is capable of self-recovery up to seven times before being worn out. “The polymer coating on top contains tiny catalyst pieces scattered throughout.... Read more...