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Andrew Adams, KSL NewsradioMore computer makers are trying to go green, but can they really?
Environmentally-friendly efforts reached the spotlight early this year. Dell founder Michael Dell told Dr. Evil and an audience at the consumer electronics show in Vegas his company is embarking on several green initiatives. Since then, Apple, Panasonic, Motorola and Sun Microsystems all have announced "greener" outlooks.
Dell is quoted saying, "It's the right thing to do for our customers, and it's the right thing to do for our earth."
Darwin Long, owner of Silicon Alley, said, "It's a tough row to hoe. Like Kermit the Frog said, ‘It's not easy being green.'"
He knows, going over computers daily, part by part. From the gallium arsenide to the chrome molybdenum coating, the names of some of the components weren't meant to be said, let alone assimilated into the environment.
"At this point in time, I don't see any way to make a truly environmentally non-impacting laptop," Long said.
So, what does he think the motive is for the push to be green? Long says, "All of the environmental things they are doing right now are, in my opinion, done because they see it as a means of making more sales. A corporation will jump on any bandwagon they think will cause them to make more sales, and right now that bandwagon happens to be green."
Still, he says any steps taken toward the environment are good, including recycling old computers. He says most people simply don't understand the environmental impact of throwing computers away.