Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 2

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Has the brand (company) eliminated {chemical substance} in all new products?
NL: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) {chemical substance} uitgebannen in alle nieuwe producten?
DE: Hat die Marke/das Unternehmen {chemical substance} bereits aus allen Anwendungen entfernt?


This question is based on issue P1 of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics version 18 from November 2012. Click 'ranking criteria' in the box on the right side of the Greenpeace webpage. On page 7 and 8 of the document you find the Greenpeace requirements and more information about each chemical substance.

On another webpage, Greenpeace elaborates on PVC as "one of the most widely-used types of plastics ... PVC may be versatile and relatively inexpensive, PVC is the most damaging plastic to human health and the environment."

The question concerns chemical substances over the full scope of all brand products.

Ranking guidelines

Read very carefully the term that is used for describing how the chemicals are used. There is for example a big difference between 'restricted' (which can mean anything if it's not defined), 'prohibited' (which generally means that the chemicals are banned, or when on a timeline, to be banned), and 'eliminated / phased out' (which generally means that the chemicals are excluded from production).

Only when restricted levels are defined, for instance in (Manufacturing) Restricted Substances Lists ((M)RSL), and when brands claim to have completely 'eliminated / phased out' these chemicals, we give the 'yes' to this question. When in doubt, please ask your verifier.

Rank ‘Yes’:

  • When the company has eliminated all {chemical substance} in all applications.

Rank ‘?’:

  • When no information is given.
  • When the company only states to be compliant with the RoHS directive or has a timeline to be compliant with the RoHS directive. This is a directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (six types). Two types of BFRs are included, but not all. PVC is not on the RoHS list. See [1] for more information about the RoHS.

Rank ‘No’:
- If the company mentions the goal of eliminating the use of {chemical substance}
- If only one of the two groups is banned

Further Resources

- Greenpeace - Green Gadgets Report 2014