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Nintendo worst electronics company, Greenpeace
For the second year in a row, Nintendo has scored dead last in Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics rankings, largely for abysmal e-waste practices and an increase in CO2 emissions despite promises to lower them.
Posted May 27, 2010
When it comes to environmentally responsible electronics producers, Nokia is top darling according to Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics. Of the 18 consumer electronics manufactures listed, Nintendo ranked dead last. Again.

The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change, scoring each on a litany of criteria including PVC-free practices to recycling and use of recycled products to global emissions reductions.

Tallied and ranked on a score of 10 - ten being a full fledged, flower-in-hair "Green" company - Greenpeace rated Nintendo a measly 1.8 out of 10, noting that at least its up from last year's 1.4.

Of the scant points scored, Greenpeace noted that Nintendo consoles do feature PVC-free wiring, and that the company has banned phthalates, platicizers used to make plastics soft and bendy and also a health hazard.

Nintendo also scored a couple of kudos in the energy criteria, mainly for the energy efficiency of its low power AC adapter for the Nintendo DSi.

It also scored a point for disclosing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its own operations, yet got a big fat fail for its "commitment" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while actually increasing them every year for the past four years. D'oh!

Outstandingly, Nintendo scored no points on all e-waste criteria.

And straight out of the funny papers, Greenpeace also noted that Nintendo of America links to Environment Canada for consumer recycling information.

Nintendo is not alone in its lack of environmental friendliness. It beat out Levono for most greenlessness by just a tenth less than 1.9 out of 10.

Most other manufacturers have little to crow about as well, according to Greenpeace, with the likes of Microsoft (3.3), Fujitsu (3.5) and Toshiba (3.5), Samsung (3.7), LG (3.7), Acer (4.1), Dell (4.3), Sharp (4.5), HP (4.9), Sony (4.9), Panasonic (4.9) and Apple (4.9) all scoring less than 5 out of 10, a fail by most standards.

Philips and Motorola both punched in at 5.1 out of 10 but only Sony Ericsson and Nokia tallied anything resembling respectable.

Sony Ericsson scored a 6.9 out of 10 with huge points for chemicals management and energy efficiency of its latest products, while Nokia's chart-topping 7.5 is attributed to only a single bad practice - that being a lack of recycled products used - and fair to high marks for all other environmentally conscious business practices.
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