Bangalore: Wipro Infotech, the India, Middle-East and Asia-Pacific IT business unit of Wipro Ltd on 14 june launched its eco-friendly range of desktops, claiming it was the first Indian company to do so.
The new range of products named Wipro GreenWare, which include desktops and laptops, is compliant with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous substances) directive, thereby reducing substantial e-waste.
“At present, eight products -- five desktops and three notebooks -- are 100% RoHS-compliant. By this year- end, we want to ensure that the entire product range of laptops and desktops is RoHS-compliant,” Ashutosh Vaidya, Vice President, Wipro Personal Computing, told reporters here.
Wipro has set up its e-waste management process called Wipro Green Computing which spans across its product lifecycle, from designing and manufacturing to the final disposal.
Wipro Personal Computing would be free of hazardous materials such as brominated flame retardants (BFR), PVCs and heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury that have been regularly used in computer manufacture so far.
“We will choose only RoHS components from our vendors,” Vaidya said.
Welcoming Wipro’s initiative, despite no government legislation on the issue, Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner Ramapati Kumar, who was present on the occasion, hoped this would lead the way in phasing out chemicals like BFRs and PVC.
Greenpeace appealed to electronics industry to design products that are free from hazardous substances.