I know what you’re thinking: there’s no way the entire city of San Francisco and all its residents will stop buying Apple products. That’s very true; the citizens of San Fran are still able to buy Apple stuff, but the city of San Francisco will stop buying Apple products over concerns about Apple’s environmental friendliness. The group known as Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) checks laptops and other products for their greenness–including ease of consumer access to remove batteries and other environmentally hazardous components. Apple has asked EPEAT to revoke their certificates on all 39 Apple products.
“We are disappointed that Apple chose to withdraw from EPEAT, and we hope that the city saying it will not buy Apple products will make Apple reconsider its participation,” said Melanie Nutter, director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment.
According to a 2007 policy, San Francisco has to buy all EPEAT-certified green products. While Apple only makes up about 1-2 percent of all of San Francisco’s city computers, or about $48,000 of the $3.8 million the city spent on computer products in 2010, it’s mostly a symbolic gesture. Still, a gesture is still a gesture, so maybe this may make Apple’s products more consumer friendly (or make them less attractive to local government agencies who behold to environmental regulations).Technorati Tags: apple, apple product ban, apple removes epeat certification from products, city laws, City of San Francisco to stop buying Apple products, department of environment, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, EPEAT, local government, melanie nutter, san francisco