By Green Guest | May 28, 2013
With environmental concerns being important to more and more people, there are lots of companies making claims these days about having green products, environmentally friendly/organic foods, green cleaning products, and even green electronics – but what companies are actually doing something and which ones are greenwashing the public? It can be time consuming and often very frustrating, to tell just what different product manufacturers are doing when it comes to their environmental programs and actions. So where does that leave the conscientious consumer?
Fortunately there are a few good places to start – for electronics anyways – and one is to look at the members of Electronics Product Stewardship of Canada. It is an organization made up of brand owners who are trying to influence Canada’s policies around e-waste by working with local, provincial and federal governments.
The EPSC – Electronics Product Stewardship of Canada, was founded by Electro-Federation Canada and the Information Technology Association of Canada. Since 2003 the EPSC has worked as a not-for-profit, industry-led organization with a goal to design, promote and implement sustainable solutions for the recycling of end-of-life electronics. The EPSC has stewardship programs in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and PEI.
The organizations listed below are some of the members of Electronics Product Stewardship of Canada, and they are taking active steps to help alleviate and be part of the solution to the current global 50,000,000 ton-a-year e-waste crisis.
Apple Canada Inc.
BenQ America Corp.
Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd.
Canon Canada Inc.
Cisco Systems Inc.
Dell Canada Inc.
Epson of America Inc.
Fujitsu Canada Inc.
General Dynamics Itronix
Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
Hitachi Data Systems
IBM Canada Ltd.
Information Technology Association of Canada
Lenovo Canada Inc.
Lexmark Canada Inc.
LG Electronics Inc.
Northern Micro Inc.
Panasonic Canada Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
Sony of Canada Ltd.
Toshiba of Canada Ltd.
Xerox Canada Ltd.
Another way to look at it is if the manufacturer of the electronic device you’re thinking of buying is not on the list, you may want to do some more digging before purchasing the product. Most companies have multiple ways of contacting them, but one that may get you some quick and straight answers is via social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. In their effort to maintain good online reputations, most large brand manufacturers are very much in tune with social media, and would welcome questions regarding their environmental practices.
While each company has its own philosophy and programs in place, you can learn about each of them by exploring their websites and don’t be afraid to start asking questions. If you’re not satisfied with the answer, vote with your wallet and choose another company.
*Not being on the list above doesn’t mean a company and/or it’s product are not environmentally friendly or part of a proper e-waste program.
To learn more about e-waste programs and electronics recycling in your province please see: www.recyclemyelectronics.ca
Find the Electronics Product Stewardship of Canada online at www.epsc.ca