Greenpeace Declares Video Game Consoles Toxic
“Going Green” is currently “in” and Greenpeace is taking full advantage of the trend by once again assaulting video game consoles. According to the environmentally friendly organization, all the game consoles on the market contain hazardous chemicals that can put your memory and sexual development at risk.
“The technology is already available for manufacturers to design out harmful toxics and produce cleaner game consoles now,” Greenpeace said in a report this week. (www.greepeace.org).
“A greener, cleaner game console is possible. There’s no excuse for playing dirty.”
Greenpeace claims it has found toxic chemicals and materials such as polyvinyl chloride, phthalates, beryllium and bromine in the latest next-gen consoles from all three of the major manufacturers. It also slams consoles for creating e-waste as dumps fill up with unsafe recyclables
All three companies have responded to Greenpeace charges in defense of their manufacturing policies.
“In line with these standards, Sony ensures globally consistent management of chemical substances in parts and materials,” said a statement issued by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “We are taking steps wherever possible to reduce and substitute these substances.”
A Nintendo spokesman said the company was in no position to comment on the Greenpeace tests, but added: “What we can say is that we only sell products that have cleared each nation’s strict standards.”
A Microsoft statement said the company’s products “exceed guidelines and regulations which aim to reduce the environmental impact of consumer electronics”.
I personally would like to see some unbiased studies on the toxicity of the chemicals and materials used in these game consoles. When you throw around accusations that playing video games may affect your sexual development, I want some proof to back that claim up.