Today on Planet 100: Apple Loses Some Green Cred (Video)
Today, on Planet 100, Apple drops a few places in Greenpeace's green electronics guide, an organization plants gardens to teach students about healthy eating, and a new vacuum features plastic trash collected from the ocean.Apple Falls
Apple has fallen from grace in Greenpeace's latest green electronics guide, while rival manufacturers HP and Samsung have shot up the table.
Apple's ranking slipped from fifth to ninth place in the list of companies that used the fewest toxic substances in making its products. Apple's drop in the ratings doesn't mean they are not staying clean and green; rather there wasn't enough transparency about its future toxic chemical phase-out plans.
The toxic substances in question are mainly vinyl plastic (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which are not biodegradable and are harmful for the environment.
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With school lunches in the doldrums and rocketing childhood obesity rates, non-profits like Teaching Garden are educating youngsters about healthy eating.
Founded by Kelly Meyer, the organization recently planted a Teaching Garden at Figueroa Elementary School in downtown LA. Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher was on hand to help the students plant a model garden while Iron Chef Cat Cora transformed fresh vegetables into a veritable feast.
The experience teaches students how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest food, and understand the value of good eating habits and physical activity.
Trashy Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuum up your trash with a vacuum cleaner made from trash. That's the mission of Stockholm-based Electrolux AB whose vacuum cleaners are made with plastic trash from different parts of the world—the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Baltic Sea. The promotional vacuums were made with trash collected from Hawaii's Kahuku Beach.
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