Greenpeace Give Nintendo Thumbs Down

Nintendo’s popularity with gamers doesn’t cross over to the Greenies

They may produce two of the most popular consoles in the gaming world, but Nintendo have earned the ire of environmental powerhouse Greenpeace by scoring a low 0.8 out of 10 for the way it handles its e-waste.

“Nintendo remains in last place with a pitiful 0.8 points out of 10, scoring zero on all e-waste criteria,” says . “The company has banned phthalates and is monitoring use of antimony and beryllium, and although it is endeavouring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase out.”

However, some of Greenpeace’s findings are up for debate as the console manufacturer did not provide information for five of the criteria listed, for which the company automatically gets a ‘bad’ ranking.

However, Greenpeace did commend Nintendo for disclosing its operations’ carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and for committing to cutting down its CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases by 2 percent over each previous year, but notes that an increase in the company’s business led to a 6 percent rice in CO2 emissions in 2006.

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