We love ’em but verily they doth cause the ire and great gnashing of
teeth among the sandal-wearing, eco-fraternity. Enviro-botherers
Greenpeace has taken time off from being blown up by the French secret
service to lay into the Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, claiming that
next generation consoles have more toxic chemicals than your average
can of carbonated soft drink.
The green group accused Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony of falling
behind mobile phone and PC manufacturers when it comes to disposing of
nasty chemical used in the production of consoles. The initiative is
part of Greenpeace’s thrust to get the industry to be eco-friendly.
"Game console manufacturers are lagging way behind the makers of mobile
phones and PCs who have been reducing the toxic load of the products
over the past year," said Zenia Al Hajj, Greenpeace International’s
toxics campaigner. "Game consoles contain many of the same components as PCs so manufacturers can do a lot more."
Greenpeace has unveiled a 90-second
video featuring two of the iconic games console characters –
Microsoft’s Master Chief and Nintendo’s Mario plus some character called Kratos (Who he?) –
And they have to compete for the prize of a greener games console.
Gamers can see how each console measures up on toxic stuff, recycling and energy usage, as well as indicating their
support for the campaign.
More about the campaign here.