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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...

To see a video the iPhone being dissected,

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sugaryamy sugaryamy 9 years
Hey, they're getting there. The point is that they have gone greenER.
HeySharon HeySharon 9 years
That's really interesting.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
The more popular it becomes, the more people will buy and the more bad substances it will produce until Apple does something about it. It makes sense to me that they would look into it. By providing the comparisons with the other Motorola, Nokia, phones, it sounds like they've already tested other phones? The iphone is just, understandably, the one that's getting the press, because it's the only one getting press anymore.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
So what gets you more headlines? Some phone no one has heard of or the iPhone? Apple has said they are going to have the toxins removed by 2008. They wanted headlines and they got them. While I would like to see Apple's machines come built with more recycled materials I just don't know if electronics can ever be 100% green due to necessary components :-/
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
aaawww...somebody feels defensive cause she has an
Pammy Pammy 9 years
Interesting... I'll definitely do some research before I get a new phone.
redegg redegg 9 years
I read several articles on this just now and it seems Apple promised to have all toxins removed by 2008. Which they reiterated when Greenpeace asked them why there are still toxins in their phone. Greenpeace investigated the iPhone because it is the only one that does not publicly disclose the contents/chemicals used in the construction of the phone. So they had to take it apart to see. Greenpeace is saying Apple needs to be ahead of the "green" curve as a top innovator and just decided now for some reason to do this investigation, even though Apple never said it would be completely toxin free until 2008. It seems like Greenpeace is making waves and getting some good PR with all of this mess.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I don't like how they solder the battery in. that is really backwards in the battery recycling of todays age. the other chemicals? Blah. global what? i mean comeon, its late oct in the north east and 70 degrees. but no one is noticing. Who wants to hear the worst conspiracy theory EVER. I was thinking about this the other day. With the weather being so June here in the north east, why isn't anyone saying anything? You know why? Because the people who have the powers to make a change and have a voice don't want this good weather to go away. We just extended their golf season. Plus they won't be alive when the shit hits the fan. I was really bored when I thought that up.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
Hmm very interesting... :|
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Good point geeksugar, it's hard to avoid hazardous chemicals when it comes to electronics, but companies should still be taken to task about their products. BTW, that's an awesome picture.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Yes pretty much all electronics contain dangerous chemicals. No big shock here.
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
Man, that's so surprising... ::cough:: Not really... ::cough::
rubialala rubialala 9 years
:ROTFL: at jdots24
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
i think steve was referring to the computers being green. they're relatively new in the phone market, so for them to hit the nail on the head the first time would've been a miracle. i agree with geek. why did they examine it? to kill the hyper. to kill mass consumerism. that's my guess at least. :D
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Who would have thunk ;)
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I do find it sad tho that Apple claimed to be green and not using toxic chemicals in their products but then did.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I shall try not to eat my iphone then...
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