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Published on September 16th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz


Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics: Nokia Leads the Pack, Nintendo Falls Flat

September 16th, 2008 by  


It’s that time of year again—Greenpeace has released the 9th edition of The Guide to Greener Electronics. The guide scores companies based on a set of criteria for chemicals, e-waste, and energy.

This year, Nokia regained its first place crown with a rating of 7 out of 10 points. The company performed well in a variety of areas— it has an excellent take-back policy in India, and all new products since 2005 are vinyl-plastic (PVC) free. Additionally, all models released after 2009 will be free of brominated flame retardants (BFR) and antimony trioxide.

So why is it a good thing that Nokia is getting rid of PVCs and BFRs? PVCs release dioxin, a known carcinogen, and BFRs are reproductive and developmental neurotoxins that build up over time in the human body.

Samsung also got the nod as a green company, receiving 5.7 points out of 10. All new Samsung LCD panels since 2007 are PVC-free—a big deal since Samsung is the number one LCD panel supplier globally. The company also reports recycling rates of 137% for TVs, 12% for PCs, and 9% for mobile phones.

Coming in dead last in the Greenpeace guide is Nintendo, with a shameful rating of 0.8 points out of 10. While Nintendo has banned phthalates and plans to eliminate the use of PVC, it hasn’t set a timeline for their goal. And though the company claims that it wants to cut CO2 emissions, it admits that an increase in business has led to a 6% rise in emissions since 2006. Ouch.

You can check out the full Greenpeace guide here.

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About the Author

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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