HP headquarter’s roof defaced


Some protesters conduct signature campaigns, others picket on the streets. But Greenpeace? They have their own way of protesting and their way involves fingerprinting the words “hazardous products” on the roof of HP’s headquarters.

The graffiti, “painted” yesterday, covered more than 11,500 square feet and was done following demonstrations against HP in their China and Holland offices.

In a their statement, Greenpeace expressed their dismay over HP’s continued use of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) which both presents environmental problems and human health concerns.

“Instead of making progress on phasing out toxic chemicals from their products, HP continues making excuses,” Greenpeace said. “They are backtracking on their commitment to eliminate PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants from their products by the end of 2009.”

HP’s response?

“The unconstructive antics at HP’s headquarters today did nothing to advance the goals that all who care about the environment share,” they said in a statement e-mailed to InformationWeek.

However, they did concede and said that it will introduce its first laptops free of BFRs and PVC in September, and that all its new commercial PCs will free of the toxic materials by fall 2010. (Greenpeace previously that HP had pushed back the target date until 2011.)

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/desktop/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=218800095&subSection=All+Stories