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Greenpeace Reports Toxic Chemicals Dangerous to the Environment in Gaming Consoles Like The Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3

Do You Worry About Your Gadgets Being Green?

Greenpeace recently did a study on gaming consoles and found that the level of toxic chemicals used to manufacture them were higher than what's allowed in children's toys.

The study was conducted on a PlayStation 3, an Xbox 360 and a Wii, all bought in Europe (where they don't classify game consoles as toys). All consoles were guilty of containing toxics like Phthalates, bromium, and PVC — which pose a threat to both the environment and sexual development in humans. Who's a little creeped out?

When I have a choice, I do try to seek out electronics that are greener, in general, like the Energy Star designation for appliances. I'm stoked that my MacBook Pro is mercury-free, and it definitely disappoints me to see my favorite brands ranking low on Greenpeace's greener electronics guide. How about you? Do you worry about the eco-ness of your gadgets too?


neko neko 9 years
I really should, but I don't take green into consideration for my electronics. However, I actively recycle, take public transportation/carpool, and conserve energy as much as possible. I figure it balances out, at least a little bit :)
jennacyde jennacyde 9 years
I just start charging all my devices with a solar charger and I've hooked up our electronic to a green switch. Oh, and I'm now recycling old tech (thanks to a tip from GeekSugar!) So I guess I don't buy green devices, but I'm trying to change the way I use them to make them greener.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 9 years
The thing is, I've had, and kept all my gaming consoles and games for YEARS. I still play them on occasion. I don't have any of the toys that I had when I was a kid (maybe a teddy bear). They're no doubt in some landfill somewhere :(
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i am concerned, and know that by seeking out quality products that will last a long time and perform multiple functions or be used a lot, i'll not have to replace them anytime soon - which is very green. i also look for the energy star rating for things like tvs and appliances...also my external monitor
melda melda 9 years
No I don't but my mom does and keeps reminding me too
princess-nacho princess-nacho 9 years
wow i never really thought about it like that! i know that i shouldn't leave my computer on standbye and all of that but i never thought about chemicals....
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i try to be green in my everyday life and hope the drop in my carbon imprint is large enough to offset my gadgets that don't quite make it. but i will recycle everything this upgrade go around!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
". . .the level of toxic chemicals used to manufacture them were higher than what's allowed in children's toys." Good thing I don't gnaw on my keyboard the same way a toddler chews on their toys.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I haven't either. But that's definitely some food for thought.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
To be honest, I don't.
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