Environment

Apple has a dig at Samsung in its new environment focused newspaper ad

As part of Apple's renewed push on its environmental strategy it has taken out a full page ad in the British newspapers today that has a not so subtle dig at Samsung in the process. It was first noticed by David McClelland in the Metro and reported via Twitter:

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Apple turning retail stores green for Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, Apple is transforming its retail stores with a hint of the green. As seen in photos obtained by Appleinsider, the leaf on the Apple logo has been turned to green while store colleagues have all been given special, green t-shirts to wear for the day.

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Apple opening up in-store recycling program to all products

Apple has been running a device recycling program for a while now for selected devices but is opening it up to everyone, everywhere. The Associated Press reports that the program will now take in devices at all of Apple's retail locations around the world:

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Apple pushes environmental responsibility, clean energy data centers

Apple has long pushed to be a more environmentally responsible company and manufacturer (and made sure that we were aware of their efforts), and today they launched a new section of Apple.com to highlight those efforts. Additionally, Apple opened up their data center in Nevada and VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson to Wired. And, of course, they made an exceptionally well-produced video, narrated by none other than the docile voice of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Former EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, joining Apple reporting to Tim Cook

In talking up Apple's environmental policies at D11, CEO Tim Cook announced that former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson, will be joining the company reporting directly to Cook. Jackson joins Apple to co-ordinate the environmental policies right across the company.

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Apple comments on EPEAT environmental certification

Apple has responded to concerns surrounding their request to remove the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certification from 39 of their product lines. A statement issued to The Loop reads, in part:

Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2.

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Foxconn employees get 16-25% raise, factories facing new environmental audits

With working conditions in Chinese factories still making headlines, Apple manufacturer Foxconn is going to be increasing wages, and Apple is reportedly going to allow independent environmental reviews of at least 2 of their suppliers, with the potential for more to follow.

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Apple Making Greenpeace Happier

According to Greenpeace -- who's here at CES to right and properly scold the consumer electronics industry for not doing more to keep the planet hospitable for humans -- Apple is making them happier [PDF link].

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Apple It's Easier Being Green

Apple has set up a new, environment-focused section of their website, which covers their full product range and life-cycle -- including TiPb's titular iPhone [PDF link].

Give it a look and let us know how you think Apple's doing.

[Thanks everyone who sent this in!]

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Steve Speaks: It's Not Easy Being Greener

Because of Apple's high media profile, Greenpeace likes to have a little fun with them. Nothing gets headlines like bashing Apple in the tech industry, especially if you're hippie enough to make Steve Jobs seem more like Stephen Colbert. With Al Gore on their board, however, it's probably safe to say Apple has to at least appear to be one of the more -- if not most -- environmentally friendly major tech company in the US. Case in point, and unprecedented second open letter from Steve Jobs:

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