updated 03:10 pm EDT, Thu September 11, 2008
Greenpeace on new iPods
Apple has made yet more environmental progress with its latest iPods, but still has more to accomplish, claims Greenpeace. The activist organization notes that the latest iPod nano has a number of positive checkpoints, such as arsenic-free glass, and a complete lack of mercury, PVC or brominated flame retardants (BFRs), all of which are said to be toxic in varying degrees. Though not immediately dangerous, the chemicals can form a cumulative threat when deposited en-masse in landfills.
Greenpeace also praises Apple for aiming to phase out toxins by the end of 2008, and increase recycling by 2010, but suggests that there is still room for improvement. The group notes that it is comparatively easy to eliminate PVC and BFRs from handheld devices, because they require less power, and therefore produce less heat. It is Macs, Greenpeace says, that are the true challenge, and Apple would be an industry leader if none of its computers used the chemicals.
The organization also calls on Apple to implement a free recycling program available worldwide, a move which would divert tons of waste from landfills.
Greenpeace has been sharply critical of Apple in the past, most recently in regards to the iPhone 3G, which was attacked for containing the same toxins found in the original iPhone.