Nintendo still most eco-unfriendly console maker

Written by Joe Martin

January 8, 2010 | 13:05

Tags: #environment #green #greenhouse #wii

Companies: #greenpeace #nintendo

Greenpeace has once again checked in on some of the biggest technology companies in the world, including all console manufacturers, and has labelled Nintendo the most eco-unfriendly company of them all for the third year running.

Manufacturing electronics on large scales is an obviously eco-unfriendly activity, but Greenpeace campaigns to make the process as efficient as possible. The new report ranked 18 companies according to factors such as e-waste, energy efficiency, recycling protocols and commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.

Nintendo was most heavily slated on the issue of waste and on a second year of increased greenhouse gases, despite pledges to cut them. The Japanese Wii-makers were however praised for using PVC-free wiring in consoles and for banning the use of harmful chemicals, such as phthalates, during production. Nintendo was also praised for publishing figures of it's CO2 output.

Nintendo has pledged to completely stop using PVC in the Wii at all, though no timeline has been established for the goal. Overall the company remained in last place, again - with a score of just 1.4 out of 10.

Microsoft didn't do well this year either, managing just 2.4 out of 10 points and settling in second to last place.

Sony was revealed as the most green console manufacturer, placing in 7th place with a score of 5.1 out of 10, largely thanks to a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and the use of recycled plastics.

Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba were all the chart leaders, while Apple was also heavily praised. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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