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Greenpeace to show up at Euro iPhone debut

updated 01:45 am EST, Tue November 6, 2007

Greenpeace crashes iPhone

Greenpeace is planning a rally during Apple's launch of the iPhone in Europe to protest the use of alleged toxic chemicals in the device, including brominated flame retardants. The environmental group claims that tests conducted by its UK labs reveal the presence of PVCs and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), both potentially dangerous compounds. Of 18 internal and external parts, half of them are said to contain brominated material, including the antenna. The PVC in the headphone cables, meanwhile, contains toxic forms of phthalates, chemicals used to increase the flexibility of plastic.

Zeina Alhajj, campaign co-ordinator for Greenpeace, told EE Times "The iPhone is a unique product and for us it is a missed opportunity for Apple to combine the innovation of the product with a green performance," adding "If Apple really wants to reinvent the phone, it needs to design out all hazardous substances and materials from its handsets and peripherals."

After Greenpeace's initial complaints about the iPHone, the Center for Environmental Health announced that it is suing Apple over its iPhone cellular handset based on California's Proposition 65 law. The law requires companies to place a warning label on any product that can expose consumers to phthaltes, reproductive toxins, or carcinogens. Apple's iPhone carries no such label, despite a recent promise to improve its manufacturing methods by abandoning harmful substances over time.

When the iPhone launches in the United Kingdom on November 9th, it will be preloaded with a new version of the firmware -- 1.1.2.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Give me a break.

    Shouldn't they be going after the bigger companies who make nuclear warheads and things that actually kill people?

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Greenpeace is lost

    Wow, Greenpeace has really lost its way and is now resorting to grandstanding. I remember when they used to save the whales.

    Hey Greenpeace, how about all those heavy metal batteries in your Prius!

  1. rjwill246

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No kidding

    This is not even partially legitimate grandstanding, as the "organization" itself made clear that it is targeting the iPhone and not going after other equally likely sources of these dreadful, toxic pollutants.

    It is a little more than ironic that they love fluorescent bulbs with their mercury content. These are much more likely to break and become a hazard to children, for example, than any parts of the iPhone might.

    I loathe this hypocritical, politically driven organization. Today, they wouldn't recognize a whale if it beached in their offices.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Green Piece

    Count on it - see the name "Greenpeace" and rest assured that as you read within 2-5 seconds the word "a*******" will come to mind.

    My favorite bit of their hypocracy is when they released an aerial photo of one of their ships "interfering" with illegal fishing. A stream of waste oil or diesel can be seen clearly streaming from their stern.

    Green stands for money, not the environment.


  1. RHearnCT

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is this newsworthy?

    Sounds like they're just trying to get publicity, so why is it even worth posting this on the frontpage?

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