Greenpeace Still Says Nintendo Is Bad For the Environment

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This year, like every year, Greenpeace has given Nintendo the lowest marks out of the electronics companies it graded.


"Nintendo remains in last place with a pitiful 0.8 points out of 10, scoring zero on all e-waste criteria," Greenpeace wrote last year. Many of Nintendo's low marks were the result of the company not divulging information.


This year, Nintendo's score was up! Greenpeace scored 1.8 out of 10. From Greenpeace:

Nintendo scores most points on chemicals; it has put games consoles on the market that have PVC-free internal wiring. It has banned phthalates and is monitoring use of antimony and beryllium. Although it is endeavouring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase-out.

It continues to score zero on all e-waste criteria.

It scores points on energy criteria, for the energy efficiency of its low power AC adaptor for the Nintendo DSi, which meets the requirements for external power supplies in the Energy Star programme. It also retains a point on energy for disclosing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its own operations.

Nintendo was more open about information, this year.

For comparison's sake, Microsoft scored 3.3 out of 10 and Sony scored 4.9 out of 10.


Guide to Greener Electronics 15th edition | Greenpeace International [Greenpeace]

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As a gamer I am concerned with e-waste. I have a borked PSP I have tried to repair and it's come down to having to replace the entire motherboard... which I'm not going to do.

So what do I do with a broken PSP? It's not like a cell phone where I can just contact my provider and they send me an envelope then they get rid of it properly. This could also be helpful for controllers not just dead systems.