According to an article in Business Green, the recently passed RoHS Recast does not go much further than most company’s current environmental policies. The article quotes TCO Development, a Swedish certification group, as saying that RoHS still lags behind the group’s own standards which puts half of all monitors in the unsafe category.
TCO recently launched a new standard, TCO Edge, that has even tougher safe-materials criteria that so far only three products have met: the world’s first halogen-free monitor, produced by NEC, and a monitor and computer from Lenovo that are both made with recyclable plastic.
The group believes that with time, the standard will replicate the success of the Fair Trade label on consumer goods. TCO also believe that many companies will comply voluntarily with tougher standards to meet consumer demand.