In addition to the information provided by EPEAT, the results of the second annual Green Electronics Survey have been published by Greenpeace. The results indicate that manufacturers have made significant gains in lowering the environmental impact of their greenest products in the span of one year. The ratings might be said to have gone from bad to mediocre, but there is a promise of better to come.
The Lenovo L2440x monitor scored highest. Some of the characteristics which made it a winner can serve as examples for good product design. It is PVC and BFR free and, due to the use of l.e.d. backlighting, mercury free. It uses almost 30% post-consumer recycled content in its plastic parts.
The fact that the Lenovo unit scored 6.9 out of 10 points and the fact that only particularly "green" products were submitted, indicates that everyone has room for improvement. I would give kudos to all the companies who participated, because they at least had the courage to enter the arena. For whatever reasons, Apple, Asus, Microsoft, Nintendo, Palm and Philips all declined to participate.
Photo from itechnews.net, which somehow managed to have a better image than the Lenovo website