Interesting … no Apple

I’m looking at the list of companies that refused to participate in the report. Among them are Nintendo, Microsoft, and Apple. Someone just asked about Apple not participating and wondering about how the Macbooks would have scored. Problem is, there wasn’t enough info to go on to make a score — nor was there time. That’s kind of sad. I’d be really curious about how green a lot of these popular products would be, like the Xbox 360s or Wiis that a lot of people have at home.

A ‘holistic’ approach

That’s the main message Harrell stressed in moving forward. He also mentioned industry standards, reconsidering business models to work in green outlooks.

There’s also more talk of toxic chemicals — a precautionary approach and being more active in phasing out chemicals.

We got a hard copy of the report, so I apologize for not being more specific. We’ll pore through it with more time, because there’s some good stuff in it.

Ah, Harrell is taking questions right now. It’s a little hard to hear in here, but I’ll see if anything else jumps out.

Main findings of the report

“Progress is being made. These companies understand what green is. We are moving in the right direction,” Harrell said.

A few years ago, when Greenpeace first surveyed companies, a lot of the products they looked at scored poorly. Now, Harrell points to the Lenovo L2440x LCD monitor, which scored a 6.9 out of 10, the highest-scoring product in the report.

More observations:

“We need to see the green products being marketed better,” Harrell said. He also was looking for international standards to make better comparisons among products.

We’re looking at the highest scoring products in phone, desktop and mobile phone categories. The top phone comes from Samsung — but as Harrell says, the scores aren’t very high. I’m seeing 5s.

CES: Greenpeace press conference (update)

Casey Harrell of Greenpeace is hoping for electronic manufacturers to make more of an effort of be watchful of the environment. I’m looking at pictures of massive e-waste sites in places like Africa, as well as shots of toxic chemicals used in electronics — all on a slideshow.

He’s talking about the Greenpeace’s Green Products Report 2.0. It took a little over three months of work with a lot of companies submitting everything from laptops to game consoles to mobile phones. It was voluntary participation from each company.

Harrell is talking about the evaluation criteria for the reports such as lifecycle, energy efficiency, chemicals, marketing.

CES: Greenpeace press conference

The next edition of Inland Living Magazine is about going green, so Al and I are here at the Greepeace press conference at CES. We’re just waiting for things to get started. The conference is going to focus on the Greenpeace Electronics Survey, so let’s see what happens.

Flipping through the press packet, I see a lot of stuff about current electronics and how green (or not green) they are.

OK, time to get started.

CES: Day 2 cometh

Finally, a full day of sensory overload. Among other previously mentioned gadgetry, Al and I have a meeting with Greenpeace at 10, and we’re also going to be looking at other various forms of green technology as well as its applications today. It’s one of the show’s big themes.

On the gaming side of things, it’ll be off to Planet Hollywood and Capcom, where I’m probably going to get a face full of spewing zombie action playing Resident Evil 5, some Street Fighter 4 and anything else that’s there. I want to see what happens with RE5 — playing the demo at E3 felt clunky. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the controls. I’ll find out today.

We’ll be out and about, trying to gather as much as possible. Hope you enjoy it. Be back later.

Consumer Electronics Show

Welcome to Tech-Out! Redmond Carolipio and myself are roaming the expo floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to give you a rundown on the latest in technology and electronics. We’ll check out the WristFone by Neutrano and a HD Video Scuba Mask by Liquid Image along with top manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic and LG. Many things to see and hear, we’ll keep you posted.