Just last week, we wrote about how Apple was saying “screw you, we’re Apple” to the world, eschewing EPEAT ratings, and talking trash about making up its own environmental rating system. It didn’t go so well for them. After discovering that many colleges, universities, cities and governmental organizations would not be able to purchase its products without an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating, Apple has decided to return to EPEAT with its leafy hat in hand.
To Apple’s credit, it has publicly admitted that its decision was a mistake, although it was only after the City of San Francisco, the University of California, and other colleges told them directly that they would need to stop buying their products if they didn’t have an EPEAT rating.
Greenpeace applauded the decision, stating that “We applaud Apple for ’thinking green, not greedy’ and listening to its customers’ calls not to pit design needs against the environment.”