Greenpeace Claims Apple’s iPhone is not Environment Friendly

Greenpeace recently slammed Apple with the claim that the iPhone is built with hazardous material, causing environmental issues.

According to a test conducted in Greenpeace labs (excerpt here) in the United Kingdom, it was found that the iPhone contained “toxic brominated compounds (indicating the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs)) and hazardous PVC”. The findings are detailed in the report, “Missed call: the iPhone’s hazardous chemicals”.

While there are some facts that support these claims, Apple responds to the claims made. An official spokesperson stated that they do in fact comply with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directives and according to Register Hardware: Greenpeace admits iPhone [is] ‘compliant’ with Euro chemicals rules (here).

In addition, “Apple plans to completely eliminate the use of PVC and BFRs [as mentioned above] in its products by the end of 2008” (see “A Greener Apple“). Lastly, this same page also illustrates their previous and ongoing movement towards a greener planet.

The Greenpeace video below briefly takes you through the process and findings.

Via: Engadget, FSJ

2 thoughts on “Greenpeace Claims Apple’s iPhone is not Environment Friendly

  1. Eran Abramson.

    Hi Neece,

    I am glad that you saw that we tried to show both sides. The video is extremely Pro Greenpeace, but some of the information is Pro Apple. I hope it grants sufficient information for you to make your own decision or at least enough to get you interested to research it further.

  2. Neece.

    Thanks for sharing both sides of this issue. I think it’s good for companies to be as green as possible, but I also think that Greenpeace tends to try to see the worst and scariest in those companies and their products.
    We all need accountability, of course, but trying to scare people is not helpful either.


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