Greenpeace computer toxin protest crosses the final frontier

Environmental activists boldly went to the roof of Hewlett Packard’s roof to protest against “excuses” and “backtracking” over use of toxic materials – then let Captain Kirk deliver their message.

William Shatner recorded a message (audio link) for the firm’s staff which was left on the voicemail of all employees. He said HP had gone back on a promise to produce a computer without the use of any toxic chemicals by 2009 and was now two years behind schedule.

The call came after protesters scaled the firm’s global headquarters in Palo Alto, California and wrote the words “Hazardous Products” (a play on HP) so large that Greenpeace said the text covered an area equivalent to two and a half basketball courts. Clearly recognizing the risks of claims of hypocrisy, the protestors say they used non-toxic children’s fingerpaint.

The toxins at the heart of the controversy are PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants. Greenpeace notes that the former creates the carcinogen dioxin when burned while the latter is released during use and contaminates household dust before building up in humans and animals.

HP concedes it has changed its original timetable but maintains that all its new products will be free of toxins by the end of 2011. (Servers and printers may be excepted from this deadline.) The firm said of the protest that “The unconstructive antics at HP’s headquarters today did nothing to advance the goals that all who care about the environment share.”

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10 Responses to Greenpeace computer toxin protest crosses the final frontier

  1. As always Green-peace is quick to point out faults, but lacks the muscle of financial pull to help provide real solutions.

    Green-peace want us to stop wiping our butts with tissue because it's using up too many trees. GP doesn't have a solution to that either , but they're great at complaining.

    So is Rush Limbaugh, and Al Sharpton. Simply complain about it (like I am doing here), and hope the problem simply melts away because of those greedy companies.

    Leave the answer solving to someone else to worry about. Much easier to be a critic that only complains.

  2. As always Green-peace is quick to point out faults, but lacks the muscle of financial pull to help provide real solutions.

    Green-peace want us to stop wiping our butts with tissue because it’s using up too many trees. GP doesn’t have a solution to that either , but they’re great at complaining.

    So is Rush Limbaugh, and Al Sharpton. Simply complain about it (like I am doing here), and hope the problem simply melts away because of those greedy companies.
    Leave the answer solving to someone else to worry about. Much easier to be a critic that only complains.

  3. I disagree with you anonymous person. They aren't just complaining. They're doing what they can with what they had. If all they can do is paint giant angry protests on a roof that's all they can do. Meanwhile, they provide entertainment to those of us who only kinda give a shit.

    It's good to know that there are people out there that are actually trying to make a difference in what's going on in the world.

    • If you really think so go see “Penn and Teller’s Bullshit”, specifically the “Environmental Hysteria” episode.

    • @Kathleen Greenpeace, which I supported in the 1970s before they started being run by a bunch of freaks who got their world view watching Disney movies, is made of criminals who don’t respect property and put people at risk. Just a bunch of media whores trying to find a way to be on the front page.

  4. I disagree with you anonymous person. They aren’t just complaining. They’re doing what they can with what they had. If all they can do is paint giant angry protests on a roof that’s all they can do. Meanwhile, they provide entertainment to those of us who only kinda give a shit.
    It’s good to know that there are people out there that are actually trying to make a difference in what’s going on in the world.

    • If you really think so go see "Penn and Teller's Bullshit", specifically the "Environmental Hysteria" episode.

    • @Kathleen Greenpeace, which I supported in the 1970s before they started being run by a bunch of freaks who got their world view watching Disney movies, is made of criminals who don't respect property and put people at risk. Just a bunch of media whores trying to find a way to be on the front page.

  5. I'll tell you what would be a good start…..stop putting a CD and manual in every single product box and make people use the website…at least for corporate users anyway. It feels so pointless throwing away piles and piles of CD's whenever we order new kit.

  6. I’ll tell you what would be a good start…..stop putting a CD and manual in every single product box and make people use the website…at least for corporate users anyway. It feels so pointless throwing away piles and piles of CD’s whenever we order new kit.

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