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San Francisco Suspends Apple Purchases

San Francisco’s city government says it will no longer buy Apple desktops, laptops or monitors after the company decided to withdraw its products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry, Bloomberg reports.

The city’s 50 departments and 28,000 employees will no longer be able to buy Apple’s Mac computers. San Francisco’s policy, which requires all personal computers, laptops and monitors purchased by municipal departments to meet strict environmental standards, doesn’t apply to iPhones and iPads.

Waivers can also be issued in special circumstances, but the city’s Committee on Information Technology would have to approve such a waiver, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

City officials are trying to consult with Apple about the Cupertino, Calif., company’s decision to pull its products from EPEAT, according to several news reports.

Apple asked EPEAT to pull all of its 39 certified desktop computers, monitors and laptops off EPEAT’s list of green products last month. EPEAT, which is run by the non-profit Zero Waste Alliance, is a leading sustainability listing of computer manufacturers, and is used by governments and universities to make purchasing decisions.

Apple’s move could have far-reaching consequences for the company because many universities and governments are required to use EPEAT’s registry when making purchasing decisions. The University of California, the largest US public higher-education system, is examining whether to suspend Apple purchases because its bylaws require computers to meet the standards, Bloomberg reports.

Apple’s withdrawal from EPEAT isn’t expected to impact federal procurements, however. The U.S. General Services Administration will likely continue to buy Apple products because its guidelines are less stringent than those of many universities and local and state governments, GSA spokesman Dan Cruz told the San Francisco Chronicle.

EPEAT’s registry of participating manufacturers lists Apple competitor companies and their EPEAT-certified products: Dell has 171, Hewlett Packard has 221 and Samsung has 309.

Apple hasn’t issued an official explanation for its decision to remove its products from EPEAT. Some reports speculate that design changes for Apple’s new MacBook Pro, which make it more difficult to disassemble and recycle, led to the decision.

The company issued a statement that defends its decision and says it meets strict environmental standards, including those of the government’s Energy Star program, Bloomberg reports.

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4 thoughts on “San Francisco Suspends Apple Purchases

  1. BRAVO, Apple has been getting away with murder for years with labor slavery in China and Steve Jobs outward statement of never manufacturering another product in the USA. It is time for America to see that Apple is rotten to the core!

  2. Looking into getting a ThinkPad, because I refuse to buy another Apple product until they stop causing the creation of so much electronic waste, particularly with forcing upgrades. Lenovo products rate high on ease of recycling on ePeat.net.

  3. Whoever buys products from companies that prosper by boosting their margins through slavery (Foxconn and probably most of the entire supply chain) and consumer dependance (closed systems and term contracts), should know that he will ultimately destroy his own freedom and prosperity. Apple is just one of the obvious cases. I think that in addition to environmental standards, we need a system to certify companies according to salaries paid and labor conditions. And instead of overtaxing citizens, we should increase taxes on companies who don´t comply.

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