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Green Apple: iPhone Under Fire?

Greenpeace is legal pharmacy online at Apple's throat again, telling Apple to generic pack cialis make the iPhone greener. Just last May Apple promised to remove brominated fire retardants (BFRs) and PVC from all new products by 2008, but the iPhone which was released a month later actually has both. While it's not 2008 yet, I can see how Greenpeace is not happy with Apple's decision.

Their report, cleverly named Missed call: the iPhone's hazardous chemicals, details that the parts they tested do meet European RoHS requirements, but still contain BFRs and PVC. Additionally, Greenpeace makes a good point that even Nokia has gone PVC-free already, with Sony Ericcson and Motorola making strides in eliminating toxins in their phones.

I know that electronics are a sore spot for us EcoGeeks, but while it looks like Apple isn't doing a perfect job, the competition isn't perfect either, making it a tough call. Go read the report and you be the judge.

Keep reading for a summary video from Greenpeace

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I'm not sure Greenpeace has it right on
written by weee, October 19, 2007
1st off it would have been great if Apple had made a greener iPhone.
Having said that, what if Apple caves in to Greenpeace and accelerates development of the iPhone2. Now, we all know from iPod experience that as soon as there's a new iPhone lots of viagra generic australia perfectly good phones will get replaced with the try it get viagra prescription new greener one. Which isn't a great green outcome.
If I were SJ and (if I) only cared about profits I'd leap on generic viagra next day delivery this and say 'sorry, guys we got it wrong and the iPhone2 will be green as can be, and available from ...'
Perhaps, Greenpeace should consider unintended consequences before their next video.
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Should have published earlier.
written by James M, October 19, 2007
This report would have been a lot more effective if it hadn't been published after the recent price drop. The iPhone is already being released at a lower, more affordable price, and perhaps if Greenpeace had put out this report before then, Apple may have tried correcting it.
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What?
written by net97surferx, October 20, 2007
So.. after all the slick music and video... Greenpeace finds out the iPhone has cheap crap for the 'plastic' cover the ear bud wires?

PVC 'softened' with phthalates (additive which makes the cheap generic viagra deals PVC soft and visit web site buy real levitra online flexible). Studies have shown kids get more exposure to 'outgassing' from vinyl floors than from this particular form of PVC.

GreenPeace is stretching their 'hunt for truth' pretty darn thin on this item. But, it is part of their long running battle to get PVC production shutdown due to implied dioxin problems. European and US manufacturing processes have addressed this original issue. The US EPA estimate of dioxin releases from the PVC industry was 13 grams TEQ in 1995, or less than 0.5% of the total dioxin emissions in the US; by 2002, PVC industry dioxin emissions had been further reduced by 23%.

Turns out you get more dioxin release from burning your own trash in a barrel in your yard. Or the fires that burn in landfills. Greenpeace is wasting a lot of effort... sort of choking on a flea while swallowing some major elephants.

Bromine and chloride?
Ah.. brominated fire retardant. Plastic circuitry, antenna, and other conductive components are coated to seyonic.com decrease potential of the darn little things bursting into flames if the batter went kapowie. (as some laptops and cell phones have been wont to do). No immediate dangers but a 'chance' if huge mounds of 100 mg cialis iPhones suddenly show up in waste landfills.

Sort of doubt that will happen. More and more, there is a move to send electronics 'back to the manufacturer' for proper recycling/disposal... or dumping them at green 'handling centers'. Do not see a mountain of iPhones over stressing the current or future landfills.

Wonder how many millions went out of Greepeace to print their book of complaints. An Internet link I found of their book shows copy where they have to grudgingly concede that all materials and percentages meet or exceed the EU requirements.

Did they really expect an agreement 'to go green' made months before would magically 'be in place' on a product that was being manufactured and ready for 'new product release' a couple of months later? Not very realistic.


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written by Chris Richardson, October 21, 2007
First off i think the http://dependablehealthcareservices.com/pa/joycejacob/canada-levitra-online point Greenpeace is making is, do it right the FIRST time. Apple knew that they were being watched due to their history of canadian pharmacy propecia pollution. They had the chance to make the FIRST generation of iPhones green but chose NOT to.

Secondly, if coming out with a greener Gen 2 is the answer Apple could easily promote a program that gives you a discount if you buy the Gen 2 and return the Gen 1 to them. And they could also just accept the Gen 1 and recycle them if people were concerned about their toxicity.

Its all about how concerned you and buy cialis next day delivery Apple truly are about the http://www.aldentheatre.org/cialis-non-prescription environment.
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It all adds up
written by Lunachick, October 21, 2007
Sorry, net97, but your argument that the iPhone has such tiny amounts of problematic materials that it should not matter is precisely the rationalization that many business and those who decry the global warming "theory" use to cialis professional not enforce compliance on lower-impact manufacturing.

How many people actually recycle their cell phones and other electronic products? And if they do, where do those products end up at? In some Third World country where impoverished people expose themselves to dangerous chemicals to salvage them for a little cash to get by? That is not acceptable, to shunt off our hazardous trash for someone else to deal with, but that is often what happens.

Apple is based in the Bay Area, which is canadian viagra costs probably one of the more environmentally-savvy parts of North America. So there really is no excuse for the foot-dragging Apple engages in when it comes to making products that incorporate materials harmful to the environment. Because I have no doubt that quite a few of those iPhones will eventually end up in the garbage. There are too many people who have a "throw away" mentality in this country, and feel that recycling even a soda can is too much trouble.

I think Chris R's idea of giving a discount for returning a Gen 1 iPhone for proper recycling by Apple is excellent. Let's hope Steve Jobs eventually has that kind of cialis samples vision for his company and the future of the planet.
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