Now. If I’m honest, I’ve been awaiting, like a giddy child, the arrival of the iPhone since this January. I was thoroughly impressed by it when Jobs demonstrated the ‘gadget to end all gadgets’ back at the annual MacWank in San Fran and got even more excited when a friend of mine brought one to work last week (sorry Steve, folks have actually been buying them – shock! horror! – off of e-bay). No doubt about it: it’s a beautifully designed device.
But, as has been noted here before on Blather, Apple products have some questionable production procedures – notably the rather nasty collection of hazardous materials (specifically, plastic Polyvinyl Chloride/PVC) which are used in their manufacture and the rather scandalous manner in which materials are dumped in Asia.
And now, according to a Greenpeace bulletin, Apple have declined to heed the challenges laid out in the ‘Green my Apple’ campaign and will cheerfully release the iPhone to the market whilst being replete with toxic materials. From Greenpeace:
‘…we bought a new iPhone in June and sent it our Research Laboratories in the UK. Analysis revealed that the iPhone contains 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”
It seems that Apple, rather than seizing the opportunity to be the world leaders in green electronic production, have given into the lure of cheap production and given us yet another product riddled with hazardous materials. A shame.
So, can we expect Apple to address the concerns in Greenpeace’s findings and inform us all about what we can do when we want to dispose of the device? You know, when the next iPhone comes out…
This video outlines the issues.
Green my Apple
And if you don’t want to take Greenpeace’s word for it, sure what the hell, you can always just blend the thing: