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Greenpeace pans iPhone 3G "not green," like first

updated 07:05 pm EDT, Wed July 9, 2008

Greenpeace pans iPhone 3G

Greenpeace is again calling Apple out on its environmental practices, citing that the iPhone 3G uses the same toxic building materials that it found in its breakdown of the original device. Casey Harrell, International Toxics Campaigner for Greenpeace, released a note on Wednesday saying he believes that, while the company has made large strides with reducing hazardous materials in its iMac and portable computers, the iPhone 3G remains largely unchanged.

"Based on information available on Apple's website, it appears the electronics company known for innovation has missed an opportunity to reinvent their new 3G iPhone, to be released July 11th, in green," said Harrell. While new product models such as the MacBook Air and the new iMac made progress compared to previous editions in reducing toxic chemicals such as PVC and Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), Apple has not announced any new improvements in designing out the toxics (PVC, BFRs, antimony) that Greenpeace found present in the first generation iPhone."

The criticisms come as Apple previously announced it would make larger strides into environmental consciousness, after announcing it would use potato starch-based shipping products, and forgoing the use of plastics.



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  1. mgpalma

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    I'll waste a few seconds

    of my life.

    Go away, please. You are completely irrelevant.

  1. Guest

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    Dammit!

    Make the iPhone out of corn already (post-consumer recycled of course)!

  1. danviento

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    It'd be nice...

    Someday, SOMEday, MacNN will wise up and supress the impulse to put EVERYHTING that mentions apple in their newsfeed long enough to ignore pukepeace.

    Not today, obviously, but someday.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    f*** 'em

    Who gives a flying f*** what these elitist asswipes think?

  1. rvhernandez

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    Macnn Greenpeace Stories

    These really aren't news-worthy stories - these are PR stunts put on by an organization that is trying to stay relevant. Macnn needs to stop giving in to these "stories", it's getting old.

  1. Bartman

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    greenpeace?

    how green is greenpeace REALLY?

  1. Guest

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    Give me a break

    Just because the back is not metal GP goes ape! Sorry apes I really did not mean to insult you. I'm sure that other than the plastic back the new iPhone is greener than the first one.

  1. howiethemacguy

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    Scew Greenpeace

    Who in the h*** really cares what these idiots think? Who are they to say what companies should do? The consumers should be the ones making the choice.

  1. dliup

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    PURE SPECULATION

    They are purely speculating based on Apple's web page on the iPhone. They did not inspect the iPhone production factories nor have they even touched, nevermind scientifically analyzed even a single 3G iPhone at this time.

    Well here is my speculation based on Greenpeace's web page. "Greenpace is a group who extorts companies for money, and when unsuccessful in blackmailing, tries to smear successful companies by making speculative (read untrue) sensational press releases."

  1. jogdish

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