The Wii’s maker doesn’t recycle, it seems…
Greenpeace has recently released a report showing which major companies deserve the best ratings when it comes to environmentally friendliness. Nintendo managed to be part of a premiere scoring 0 out of 10, which practically means that they’ll pollute the environment each time you look at their products.
Microsoft barely got a 2.7 rating, unlike Sony, who’s way at the top of the list, scoring 7.3 out of 10. It seems there’s no trace of toxic PVC in their products, so they’re worth the appreciation of Greenpeace. The main reason for giving Microsoft this rating is its poor policy regarding the elimination of toxic chemicals plus its attitude towards recycling. You might be wondering what’s wrong at Nintendo’s HQ, since they didn’t even manage to score a mere point, failing to qualify as environmentally friendly in the chemicals management department, timeline or PVC phaseout.
Following this strange piece of information SPOnG contacted Nintendo UK, trying to get their opinion on the fact that the Wii’s manufacturer has just been labeled as the “Planet’s enemy”. Of course, “Ninty” replied and their representatives provided this official response:
“Nintendo is surprised by the content of the Greenpeace report. Nintendo takes great care to comply with all relevant regulations on avoiding the use of dangerous materials, recycling of materials etc. For example, all Nintendo products supplied worldwide are designed to comply with relevant European standards, which we understand are amongst the most demanding in the world.”
“In order to certify that Nintendo products comply with European standards such as RoHS Directive, Nintendo has established the Green Procurement Standards, which require our component suppliers certify that any parts including hazardous chemical substances should not be delivered, and Nintendo fully controls its products in the company. Furthermore, Nintendo products comply with the European toy safety standards.”
So, who’s to blame for that poor rating? Could it be that those suppliers are messing with the wrong chemicals or are Greenpeace trying to show us something dirty hidden in Nintendo’s closet?