In an open letter, an Apple executive admits their mistake and re-pledges the company's commitment to environmental responsibility. The letter does not address changes Apple is making to products, like the new MacBook Pro, that impede repairability and recyclability.
To calm a storm of bad publicity Apple has reversed its decision to leave EPEAT, an industry-government partnership which promotes environmentally-responsible electronics.
Mansfield's letter does say "...all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT." But it also argues for changing the IEEE 1680.1 standard, on which EPEAT's ratings are based, to account for other Apple features, such as high energy efficiency. Such changes might compensate for the hit products like the new MacBook Pro will take when EPEAT judges them for "Design for end of life" and, perhaps, on "material selection."
We have submitted questions to Apple about this matter and will update the story with any responses we receive.
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