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Can an Environmentally Responsible Minimalist Support Apple Products?


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t1larg.apple.protest.chinaAs this video shows, a majority of minimalists support and own a large number of Apple products. Several of these say that one of the primary reasons to become a Minimalist is to fight consumerism and to have a lower impact on the environment.

For those who do wish to pursue Minimalism for the sake of the environment I would like to give you some links. I am giving you links so that you can see this for yourself:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.gadgets/01/20/apple.environmental/

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/02/19/foxconn-apple-supplier-in-china-roughs-up-reporter/

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40277002/ns/today/

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2011/01/21/apple-critical-china-mfg-story-continues-to-circulate/

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2011-01/21/content_11893362.htm

Before you get too depressed, I want to share a link that shows that Apple isn’t alone. Here is a link that states that both HP and Dell have products manufactured at this factory as well:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20006010-260.html

My argument is this: Apple is NOT as environmentally responsible as they declare to be in the following link:

http://www.apple.com/environment/

Especially since Foxconn is now hanging up nets between the dorms to help stem the tide of suicides.

Is it environmentally responsible to financially support companies that treat their workers in such an inhumane manner just to make a buck?

In the end, the choice is yours. I urge you to consider it well.



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6 Comments

  1. Sunny wrote:

    If Apple is eco friendly, why do we have iPods/iPhones in fired in the pic you post? I don’t get it. But it could be just a manifestation about something. But aren’t they happy in China to be able to work for Apple? Their work conditions might be better than for other companies. What do you think?

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
  2. What’s the alternative to Apple then?

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
  3. I never thought that Apple products (or any laptops for that matter) are eco-friendly at all, nor do I think that buying Apple = Cutting down on consumerism (the opposite in fact).

    What I like about Apple is that their products and their operating system works a heck of a lot better than Windows. Bugs less, etc etc.

    That said, I use a PC a lot more than I use my Macbook (BF is the opposite, he sleeps with his Macbook Pro when I am not around I think :P).

    I find the PC to be more versatile.

    Saying one electronic brand is more eco-friendly than the other, or more anti-consumerist than the other is not possible unless you are making those electronics out of bamboo and hope.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:32 am | Permalink
  4. Annie wrote:

    Good Point, Serena!

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink
  5. Annie wrote:

    That is all in individual preference, I’m afraid. Some argue that no computer products are eco-friendly and choose whatever suits. I just wanted to point out that these particular products are not as eco-friendly as some would like us to believe.

    It is up to each of us to balance what is best for us to what is best for the earth. For instance, if you rarely upgrade buying an Apple device may be less ecologically damaging than if you feel forced to constantly upgrade another brand of device. None of us can avoid having an impact on the earth, but it does help to have the information available with which to make an informed choice.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  6. Annie wrote:

    I don’t have the answers, Sunny. I gather there are protests in China over the way the employees are being treated in that particular factory. I’ve not heard of any other factories hanging out nets because of all of the jumpers but it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. I would love to find some more information on the subject for comparison.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
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