The Not So Green Apple iPhone

Just when I thought Apple was finally getting greener, the environmental group Greenpeace decided to run tests on the iPhone to determine just how toxic its inner parts really are.


The Greenpeace tests revealed that the iPhone contains hazardous substances like bromine, chlorine and phthalates with the antenna containing high levels of bromine and the headphones containing high levels of PVC. The iPhone investigation also showed that the iPhone's battery is glued and soldered in to the handset, making it difficult to replace the battery or dispose of it appropriately. In the dis-mantling video which you can check out below, Greenpeace notes how new cell phones by Nokia are now PVC free and how Sony Ericsson and Motorola have gone green by removing chemicals from their phones.

What I found interesting in the video is the fact that Greenpeace went into detail about how much attention and press the iPhone has received over the past ten months. I'm not doubting that the iPhone contains toxic substances, as I'm sure most electronics do, but what I want to know is why they specifically decided to examine the iPhone since it does comply with Restriction of Hazardous Substances guidelines?! Just something to think about...

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