Tasty new Apple iPods

Feature Story - 2008-09-16
Apple’s new line of iPods gets our green seal of approval, but we are still waiting for iPhones and Macs to stop using toxic chemicals.

Greenpeace gives the thumbs up to Apple’s latest batch of greener iPods

The new iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Classic will no longer contain harmful chemicals such as polyvinyl plastic (PVC), BFRs (a type of flame retardant), mercury and arsenic.

There is absolutely no reason why a high-performing electronics product needs to be toxic in order to be popular, effective and affordable – these are the cheapest iPods yet.

"Greenpeace congratulates Apple for phasing out harmful chemicals like PVC and BFRs in its new, much greener iPods. But we know that [CEO Steve] Jobs and his team can go even further, and truly take a lead in greening the electronics industry," said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International campaigner.

"We hope that this is only a teaser of what is to come, and that we will see more of the same with all future product announcements, from iPhones to Macs."

Hot off the press! Check out Apple's ranking in our latest Guide to Greener Electronics. Read it here.

Apple has promised to phase out PVC and BFRs from all of its products by the end of 2008.

"What we'd really like for Christmas is to see Apple remove toxic chemicals from all its products, and announce a free, global recycling scheme. Now, that would make a very tasty green Apple indeed!" said Harrell.

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