Gadgets are destroying our environment (and must be stopped)

1 12 2008

Our purchases can badly damage the environment

Our purchases can badly damage the environment

Greenpeace has released its regularly-updated report into the green credentials of leading PC and CE manufacturers. The report ranks companies based on criteria including:

  • Elimination of toxic materials in manufacturing
  • Offer free global recycling of products
  • Provide energy-efficient products
  • Push for a low-carbon economy

While Nokia is top, it seems that cuddly, family-friendly Nintendo is ranked the worst of all the companies surveyed. Ouch. According to Greenpeace:

“Nintendo remains in last place with a pitiful 0.8 points out of 10, scoring zero on all e-waste criteria. The company has banned phthalates and is monitoring use of antimony and beryllium and although it is endeavouring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase out. Nintendo discloses carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its own operations and commits to cutting CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases by 2% over each previous year. However, Nintendo admits that an increase in business led to a 6% rise in CO2 emissions in 2006.”

This is not a good PR look for Nintendo, and in this new more responsible era (greed and waste are definitely out) the company will need to pick up its game.

It’s depressing to think that buying tech and gadgets is destroying the Earth, but that doesn’t make it any less true, and I think it’s really important that consumers consider environmental issues when making purchasing decisions. After all, economic sticks are a good tool to convince companies to change.

I encourage you to read the Greenpeace report and consider it next time you make a technology purchase.




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1 12 2008
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