"``Apple has always been disappointing,'' Smith said. ``They're not taking responsibility for the life cycle of their products. They haven't developed an effective take-back campaign, and evidently they don't think they should.''
Where did I say I didn't understand the situation?
I just feel it would be pointless to debate the ethics because in big business, money always is the first priority. It must seem that computer buyers don't demand environmentally safe manufacturing methods, thus companies won't implement anything above what is the industry minimum.
This brings me to the final point, why should Apple be responsible for the life cycle of their products when Chevy and Honda don't have to be? At the point the product leaves the store corporate responsibility ends and personal responsibility begins. If a person throws out an old Mac and it ends up in a landfill how is that Apple's fault? The only thing that can be done is stress that computers are not items to throw in with the empty bottles and diapers, but should be recycled at facilities equipped specifically for that type of waste.
Hmmm... Apple has the smallest marketshare of most of these companies and their product lasts longer (on average) than most of these companies. 7th isn't bad out of 27th. I have to admit though, that I would like to see Apple contribute towards recycling program, maybe partnering with IBM.
If I were offered the option to return an old Mac back to Apple so it could be strip down (easily done if designed in the right way) and parts used again or disposed of resposibly then I certainly would.
Car manufaturers are being forced through legislation to make their products more and more recylcable and a firm (can't remember which right now) has a facility in Japan that completely recycles 100% old television sets and such things that they produce.
If consumers made more of a demand (Europe are years ahead, especially Scandinavian countries where there is legislation not to put plastic in certain packaged products) for this kind of service we wouldn't be in the huge environmental black hole that we are in when it comes to used computers.
I love Apple products, don't get me wrong, but I for one will be writing them a letter to let them know of my concern. Now what if everyone who has a Mac did that....would they not care then ?...would they "decline to comment" ?
I hope not....I hope the products I buy are manufactured by companies who actually care!
It's pretty clear that the only way corporations will 'take-back' their products is through legislation. For example, Germany has an "Ordinance on the Avoidance and Recovery of Packaging Waste..., [which] came into force in Germany on 12 June 1991. It places a legal obligation on trade and industry to take back and recycle transport, secondary and sales packaging."
It would be very nice to see Apple receive a better report. On the other hand, this is one take on a larger picture. As insertclevername points out,a lot of much larger companies (with greater resources) are not exactly leading the way.
Perhaps we should also be asking: why should companies have any policy on this at all? Why is it that consumers don't take responsibility? The manufacturers create products that have to meet certain safet standards. The product is purchased, and after that is the responsibility of the purchaser.
If the consumer contunually escapes responsibility for conspicuous over consumption and waste then we will only see the problem increase.
When individuals have to take responsibility for their impact on the environment then things will change.
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I don't understand why Apple (let alone any company) should have to take back and recycle their products after we are done using them. I accept responsibilty for myself and there are lots of electronics recyclers around that will take your refuse.
Does Honda take back your car when you junk it? No you have to get a junkyard to come get it, and recycle it.
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I was under the impression that Apple's products had a much longer life compared to their Win counterparts... not necessarily the ability to make a product that "lives" longer, but one that isn't upgraded every two years or so (which appears to be the norm for Win users.)