September 26, 2007 by Steven Castle
It’s good to see that some consumer electronics companies are going above and beyond to be green. Panasonic, which now makes all its plasma-based TVs lead-free, has announced a “Giving Back” program that donates some revenues to environmental causes, at no additional cost to the consumer.
Panasonic’s Direct Giving Back e-business initiative allows consumers to donate 5 percent of the purchase price of the order, less tax and shipping a program sponsored by one of three leading environmental organizations: The Nature Conservancy’s “Rescue the Reef,” National Recycling Coalition’s “America Recycles Day” or World Resources Institute’s “Green Power Market Development Group.”
The option to donate is offered on all Panasonic products sold on the Panasonic website during the upcoming holiday season.
We’d like to see even more green and greener products from brands like Panasonic—the company says all its products comply with the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations—but we won’t complain about the Giving Back program. Here’s hoping there are more like it.
You can see what else Panasonic is doing about the environment http://www.panasonic.net/eco/rpt/edb07e.pdf”>here (pdf).
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates
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