Greenpeace slams Nintendo over poor environmental record

Nokia good – Nintendo bad, says Greenpeace, which has released the latest edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics.

The report also slates Samsung, Toshiba and Dell – “All picking up penalty points for backtracking on their self-proposed timelines to eliminate some of the worst toxic substances from their products,” says Greenpeace.

“The poor performance of these companies is in contrast to their competitors like Apple and HP who are making real progress by offering their customers a range of greener electronics.”

Of most concern, says Greenpeace, are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BRFs), which are long-lasting in the environment and can build up in the human body.

Along with Nintendo, Toshiba is in Greenpeace’s bad books for breaking a commimtment to eliminate BVC and BFRs from all its products by April this year.

Samsung gets a penalty point for the second time, for not only failing to get rid of the chemicals as promised but also failing to give a new date for their removal.

Nokia wins Greenpeace’s top spot. “It gains points for achieving its goal of phasing out brominated compounds, chlorinated flame

retardants and antimony trioxide in all new models of products and for its CEO’s statement in support of 30 percent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries by 2020,” says the report.

Sony Ericsson comes second – it’s the best performer on the toxic chemicals criteria and the first company to score full marks on all chemicals criteria. It also does well on energy, Greenpeace says.