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Game Industry Ranks Poor: Greenpeace

Posted Nov 28, 2007 by Keith Cross

Game Industry Ranks Poor: Greenpeace

Greenpeace has published its quarterly Guide to Greener Electronics where it gives various electronics manufacturers grades based on their policies toward environmental issues such as the use of toxic chemicals and their handling of obsolete products. This year's guide marks the first year that television and game console makers were included, with gaming industry leader Nintendo entering with a score of 0 out of 10 and ranking dead last among its competitors.  Overall the gaming and electronics industries ranked poorly, with only a few minor improvements since the last report.

Game console makers may be making millions of gamers happy, but environmental watchdog Greenpeace is giving the industry dismal scores.

Greenpeace on Monday issued its quarterly "Guide to Greener Electronics," which ranks consumer electronics manufacturers and their policies regarding toxic chemicals and recycling.

At the bottom of the heap are Nintendo, Philips, and Microsoft.

Nintendo has the distinction of being the first global brand to score zero on Greenpeace's criteria in the quarterly report, which for the first time includes televisions and game consoles.

Nintendo managed that by scoring zero in the five categories related to the use of harmful chemicals, including offering no list of banned or restricted substances and no policy regarding the use of vinyl plastic or brominated flame retardants. It also scored zero in the four categories related to recycling.

Read the full article on News.com here.

Read the Guide to Greener Electronics here.

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