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23 May 2008 :: 14:05:57 pm 4179

Greenpeace Condemns Video Game Consoles For Toxic Components

Greenpeace sixth report on "Guide to Greener Electronics", May 23, 2008, condemned video games console makers Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo for using toxic chemicals in their video game consoles, while congratulating Apple for its adoption of greener standards. The report described video game consoles as a "toxic menace", maintaining they contain chemicals that could affect memory and sexual development.
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The environmental pressure group tested Sony’s 6758.T PlayStation 3, Nintendo’s 7974.OS Wii and Microsoft’s MSFT.O Xbox 360 consoles and discovered they all contained hazardous chemicals and materials such as polyvinyl chloride, phthalates, beryllium and bromine.

Greenpeace said that there’s no excuse for using such toxic chemicals, stating “The technology is already available for manufacturers to design out harmful toxics and produce cleaner game consoles now.” The environmental awareness group also slammed Nintendo for not providing a recycling program for its old video game consoles and for its failure to disclose any information regarding the chemicals used to make its popular Wii machine.

Greenpeace asserted the consoles also contributed to e-waste, ending up in unsafe recycling dumps in developing countries.

All three companies, however, defended their products, maintaining they complied with environmental standards.

Apple (APPL), promise to eliminate certain chemicals by 2008 was applauded. On the positive side, mobile-phone maker Sony Ericsson and (SSNLF) scored highly for their recycling programs.

However, the real question is how much consumers are prepared to take notice of Greenpeace’s campaign to increase the public’s awareness of green issues. Roger Kay, president of industry researcher Endpoint Technologies Associates maintains “The bottom line is, [consumers] are quite cynical about eco-friendly products. Everybody is hopping aboard the ‘We’ve got to be green’ train, and there’s a lot of lip service.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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