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Once again, Nintendo and Microsoft scored badly in environmental organization Greenpeace's ratings gauging the eco-friendly nature of consumer electronics.
Nintendo scored a 1.8 out of 10 and got dinged for things like not having a plan to eliminate PVC in its products, not committing to reducing greenhouse gases, and working with consumers and dealing with the disposal of old electronics (known as e-waste). One of the few positive areas for the company is the fact that its products got good marks for their energy consumption.
Microsoft, meanwhile, didn't fare much better, scoring a 1.9. In fact, the company was docked a full point for backtracking on a commitment to phase out BFRs (brominated flame retardants) and PVC in its products by the end of 2010.
Sony scored the best out of the console makers, posting a 5.1, which is up from a 4.9 ranking in the last report.
For more on Greenpeace's report and ratings, head here.
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There's no such thing as global warming aka Man Bear Pig!
Wow, great graphic.
I knew my PS3 was good, now it's also good for the environment. :D
wow, props to sony
Wow. come one Nintendo, show a little effort! And Microsoft, wtf. Bill Gates is talking about billionaires donating money to good causes, but his company's eco-friendly rating is in the toilet... I wonder how they classified all this.
Regardless of whether you believe human activities are having a massive impact on the environment or not, nobody can deny that waste is a big problem; working with consumers to recycle/dispose of old products and conserve materials is very important. The materials used to make these consoles are non-renewable, they will run out someday. Buying used games helps to cut down on waste too, I make a habit of it.
Nintendo is family friendly as long as that family stays inside at all times and ignores the declining ecosystem surrounding them.
Wow, apparently electronic companies, with the slight exception of Nokia and Sony Ericsson, just plain suck at being environmentally safe.
Good for Nintendo and Microsoft there is no global warming.
I totally agree!-)
alot of people are talking about global warming. Personally i do not subsribe to the belief in man made global warming, but I do not think that this graph is focusing on that exclusivly. Landfills are filling up and it is a good thing to try to slow it down, but then again, aren't many of our great cities built on old landfills?
Wow, that's sad Microsoft. I thought you were better than that!
That's a pretty cool study. And while I agree with people that global warming isn't a problem, it still doesn't hurt to try and green just for the sake of it.
Congrats to Sony! I'm surprised that Nintendo is not on par with Nokia and Sony E. Mircosoft.... not shocked or surprised in the slightest.
I don't think any of the console developers will make a big deal of this, but they should attempt to adopt greener practices.