Questioning EPEAT’s Standards

The Electronic Environmental Assessment Tool registry, also known as EPEAT, has long been viewed as the standards-certification authority deeming the eco-friendliness and sustainable aspects of electronic gadgets.

Trusted as a verifiable standardization and certification body, the organization is currently the subject of different negative views and opinions, one which hails from EPEAT’s approval of Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro.

Questioning EPEAT’s Standards
Verifying the product with its Gold standard, countless reactions to the move have branded the organization as unreliable and diluted.

With arguments going as far as saying that the Retina MacBook Pro is “the least repairable and least recyclable computer there is”, questions related to how reliable the organization’s standardization and assessment capabilities have come to light.

As products, Apple’s general iDevice line has been considered by many as the least eco-friendly products of their class, with their non-end user replaceable battery designs being one of its more often talked about aspects.

The iPod is often cited as an example, with different views noting how their batteries tend to go flat after a range of 12 to 24 months, thereby leading their users to opt for new iPods which also run the risk of having their batteries go flat in time.

In terms of sustainability, a design aspect which doesn’t allow for the extended use of a product does affect the overall refuse figures related to its development, production and release.

As more and more electronic products are released into retail markets, the subject of eco-sustainability is one that is being closely monitored, considering the actual environmental impact production facilities and factories inflict on Mother Nature.

For now, EPEAT’s Gold certification stands to be in question, with its questioning being something which electronic consumers should also ask themselves.

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