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Following the release of Apple's annual supplier responsibility report on Thursday, environmental organization Greenpeace spoke out with praise, celebrating the iPhone maker's efforts to cut its use of conflict minerals.

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"Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall said in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals."

The organization specifically called out Samsung, along with other consumer electronics companies, to follow Apple's example. The hope is that the industry can "exert its collective influence" to build devices better for both people and the planet.

Apple and Greenpeace have had a rocky relationship over the years, with the organization occasionally praising the iPhone maker, but also singling the company out over environmental issues. However, of late Greenpeace has been mostly complimentary of Apple, and last year praised Apple's hiring of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.

A year prior, Greenpeace also eased off its criticisms of Apple's clean energy policies, calling the company's efforts "significantly improved." That was a significant change from protests earlier that year, held in both Cupertino, Calif. and Cork, Ireland, that accused Apple of using coal-based power at its massive data center in Maiden, N.C., to power its iCloud services.
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This can 't be good. Praised by greenpeace. lol
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What does Greenpeace have to do with conflict minerals? I thought they were environmental activists. Are the conflict mines polluting more than the non-conflict mines?

 

It is not like Apple is doing something voluntarily about the use conflict minerals. It is actually a US law to audit your supply chain to prevent the use of conflict minerals.

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post #5 of 27
Praised by Greenpeace ? Apple is really doomed this time
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Screw you, Greenpeace. Someone needs to go Captain Planet on these ecoterrorists.

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What? Something positive about Apple? This can’t be. The universe is out of phase or something. And we won’t hear a single word about this on the major tech websites because positive Apple news just doesn’t get the clicks.

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Doomed. My thought exactly.

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What? Something positive about Apple? This can’t be. The universe is out of phase or something. And we won’t hear a single word about this on the major tech websites because positive Apple news just doesn’t get the clicks.
This isn't good news
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I'm surprised green peace did not take all the credit.
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What an ungreen lot you all are in this thread. I for one support them wanting to save wolves, grizzly bears and sharks etc. If I ever run into any of the aforementioned in bad circumstances I am banking on good karma helping out ...
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What an ungreen lot you all are in this thread. I for one support them wanting to save wolves, grisly bears and sharks etc. If I ever run into any of the aforementioned in bad circumstances I am banking on good karma helping out ...

 

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LOL
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post #14 of 27
It is quite sad to see how a once-great brand name has become so tarnished.

I mean Greenpeace.
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What an ungreen lot you all are in this thread. I for one support them wanting to save wolves, grizzly bears and sharks etc. If I ever run into any of the aforementioned in bad circumstances I am banking on good karma helping out ...

Being green and liking Greenpeace are not related, at least not in my book.

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What an ungreen lot you all are in this thread. I for one support them wanting to save wolves, grizzly bears and sharks etc. If I ever run into any of the aforementioned in bad circumstances I am banking on good karma helping out ...

 

IMO, the remarks in this thread have nothing to do with being or not being "green". It's about hypocrisy…Greenpeace hypocrisy. Hypocrisy about chastising Apple's products for not using enough recyclable materials while manufacturers like HP, Samsung, Asus, etc. get a free pass. Hypocrisy about whining that Apple's data centers don't use enough "clean" energy, while data centers from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google get a free pass. I'm tired of it and not impressed by this tiny bone that Greenpeace has thrown out. 

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post #18 of 27
I'm impressed. But is Greenpeace only judging on Apple's word? I hope they will verify Apple's claims.
And put pressure on other companies to do the same.
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IMO, the remarks in this thread have nothing to do with being or not being "green". It's about hypocrisy…Greenpeace hypocrisy. Hypocrisy about chastising Apple's products for not using enough recyclable materials while manufacturers like HP, Samsung, Asus, etc. get a free pass. Hypocrisy about whining that Apple's data centers don't use enough "clean" energy, while data centers from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google get a free pass. I'm tired of it and not impressed by this tiny bone that Greenpeace has thrown out. 

I don't know what you are talking about. They treat all companies the same.

 

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cool-it/Campaign-analysis/Guide-to-Greener-Electronics/

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What? Something positive about Apple? This can’t be. The universe is out of phase or something. And we won’t hear a single word about this on the major tech websites because positive Apple news just doesn’t get the clicks.

Don't worry.

Greenpeace will soon be complaining about Apple & $13.5 billion in old iPhones that will simply go into the landfill...

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I'm impressed. But is Greenpeace only judging on Apple's word? I hope they will verify Apple's claims.
And put pressure on other companies to do the same.

Greenpeace? The inept, second-tier, increasingly irrelevant, cheap-attention-seeking NGO 'verify Apple's claims'?

Good one. LOL.
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IMO, the remarks in this thread have nothing to do with being or not being "green". It's about hypocrisy…Greenpeace hypocrisy. Hypocrisy about chastising Apple's products for not using enough recyclable materials while manufacturers like HP, Samsung, Asus, etc. get a free pass. Hypocrisy about whining that Apple's data centers don't use enough "clean" energy, while data centers from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google get a free pass. I'm tired of it and not impressed by this tiny bone that Greenpeace has thrown out. 

I agree. I thought my post was sufficiently tongue in cheek, obviously not. Sorry about that.
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Being green and liking Greenpeace are not related, at least not in my book.

I agree. I thought my post was sufficiently tongue in cheek, obviously not. Sorry about that. My English humor is too dry for the American market I guess.
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post #24 of 27
Greenpeace is a group of environmental whackos.
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What an ungreen lot you all are in this thread. I for one support them wanting to save wolves, grizzly bears and sharks etc. If I ever run into any of the aforementioned in bad circumstances I am banking on good karma helping out ...

 

LMAO

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Greenpeace is a group of environmental whackos.

 

I work for them, and I don't see what the problem is with it.

 

They go and fight the illegal japanese fishing boats that kills hundreds of whales each year for example. They are they only ones doing it. And it's important.

 

They are the ones showing that it's super easy to access nuclear facilities, even by air.

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