Greenpeace updated its Guide to Greener Electronics rankings today, and the environmental group singled out three companies for "backtracking on their commitment to eliminate vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants from their products by the end of 2009." Hewlett-Packard Co., Lenovo Group Ltd. and Dell Inc. were called on the carpet, while Apple Inc. and Acer were praised for "sticking to commitments to phase out these toxic substances." "With the exception of one technical hurdle -- achieving certified PVC-free power cords -- Apple has already met its commitment to have all of its products free of PVC and BFRs by the end of 2008," Greenpeace said in a news release. "If Apple can find the solutions, there should be no reason why the other leading PC companies can't," said Iza Kruszewska, Greenpeace International toxics campaigner.
Are economic troubles trumping toxic concerns?
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