Greenpeace Guide to Green Electronics

Greenpeace Guide to Green Electronics
The “Greenpeace Guide to Green Electronics” has been out for about a month and the latest release, timed for the CES Expo, follows the same direction as earlier releases. Gather data from publicly available sources, Corporate Responsibllity Reports etc., and put it in a USA Today’ish format that makes it easy to read. My issue with the Guide to Green Electronics is that the difference between “Partially Good” and “Partially Bad” is “Extremely Vague”. Dell Computer, for example, receives a “Partially Bad” rating of +1 even though from the information in the guide, Dell is moving in a direction of being BFR/PVC free. And is Microsoft really a bigger electronics polluter than Panasonic? You’ve seen their toilets – you be the judge.

I will always try to give Greenpeace the benefit of the doubt but it’s difficult to find value in their “Guide to Green Electronics” report. It’s based solely on publicly available information. This is not their forte and it shows. The only thing I could compare it to would be… um… if the CEA responded by rating Greenpeaces’ anti-whaling efforts based on information gleaned from the Discovery Channel.

Download the Greenpeace Guide to Green Electronics.

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Consumer Electronics Adoptions Service through NextWorth

nextworthlogoI hate to admit it but for years, old cell phones in our house wound up in the kids toy box. What a treat while it lasted – my kids fake texting each other, pressing the speaker button and yelling at the phone – those were good times but those days are over and for that we have NextWorth to thank.  NextWorth will pay the postage on any cell phone you want to recycle and for models like the iPhone or Blackberry, they’ll determine it’s value and send you a check.  Ultimately, NextWorth will find a new home for your cell phone through sales on Ebay as refurbished products.

My Current Cell Phone

Recycle Me!

Use their website to establish how much your cell phone or personal electronics are worth beforehand and then ship them to NextWorth using the pre-paid postage label they’ll create for you.  It’s all done through a reverse shopping cart and if your cellphone is like my mine, NextWorth will still take it back and Jubblingly dispose of it.

NextWorth will also give you cash for or recycle digital cameras, GPS’s (Garmin), video game consoles (Sony Playstation, Xbox etc.), laptops (Apple iBook etc.), iPod’s (Nano, Shuffle, iPod Touch) and video games (Mario Cart etc.).  The Jubbling is obvious but what makes this smart is that NextWorth has partnered with Target, Amazon and others giving you the option of getting your payment in gift cards… to buy more electronics.  We haven’t seen the same ROI with our partner, Vern Fonk Insurance but we’re still hopeful.

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