Nintendo scores zero on Greenpeace report

By on November 28, 2007, 8:29 AM
Greenpeace has released its quarterly “Guide to Greener Electronics,” which ranks consumer electronics manufacturers and their policies regarding toxic chemicals and recycling. Sony Ericsson and Samsung took the top spot in the report, each scoring 7.7 out of 10. Both companies reportedly did well in reducing toxic chemicals.

For the first time since the rankings were issued in 2006, Greenpeace has included game consoles in recognition of their growing importance. Sony earned one of the highest scores given with a 7.3, while Microsoft scored a mere 2.7 due to its pledge to eliminate toxic chemicals only by 2011. Interestingly, Nintendo’s first appearance on the list has them in dead last place, with a score of 0.

The maker of the popular Wii console reportedly failed to disclose to customers what chemicals were used in their products. In other words, their information was not publicly available, so they got a 0. Sure, Nintendo should be more open about their environmental and recycling policies, but to say that they are the largest polluter among console makers based on this information is simply deceiving. I'm all in for greener products, but this just feels like Greenpeace picking a symbolic target to stir up some attention.

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allc0re said:
A zero eh? Well it seems to me that the Wii has the lowest wattage requirements of the three consoles. I guess that doesn't count for anything.
insidious420 said:
Considering Sony (Japanese like Nintendo) scored so highly, and Microsoft (American, duh) scored so low, I'd be inclined to believe Nintendo would be about on par with Sony, had they actually released their data. Maybe that's a bit too subjective, but I look at it as they would have the same safety standards & ideals since they are both Japanese. Plus, it's Nintendo - the most kid-friendly (game) company in the world - I doubt they would use higher than normal levels of toxic chemicals in their products.
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