Only a few days after announcing that they were pulling away from EPEAT eco standards, Apple has seen the error of their ways and recanted.
“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT,” Bob Mansfield, SVP of Hardware Engineering at Apple, wrote in a letter on Apple’s site.
The original decision to move away from EPEAT seemed to be largely based on the new direction of Apples’s latest designs for their MacBook Pro, which was to include a glued in battery. Here’s hoping that this move back to the environmental standards will result in a rethink of their hardware planning.
On the plus side of this whole hiccup, the EPEAT received a great deal of attention, helping a lot of customers to realize that this set of electronics standards even exists.
We might be a long way off from sustainable electronics, but Apple has always been a very proudly environmentally focused company. As a strong industry leader, it is great to see them stick with that philosophy and continue working towards the right end goal.