According to the group’s new study “Playing Dirty”, three major electronic manufacturers continue to use chemicals and materials GreenPeace deems hazardous in the game consoles Wii (Nintendo), Playstation (Sony) and Xbox (Microsoft). Through a series of testing, GreenPeace said they found traces of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, beryllium and bromine indicative of brominated flame retardants (BFRs).
The group, however, admitted that all products comply with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and that each manufacturer had avoided or reduced uses of individual hazardous substances in certain materials within their consoles.
The technology is already available for manufacturers to design out harmful toxics and produce cleaner game consoles now. It’s time that not only Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft but all electronics manufacturers start to play fair.
The game consoles market is said to be one of the fastest growth sector in consumer electronics with 14% growth last year. Greenpeace said consumers should demand these manufacturers to make their products free of the chemicals stated above.