Your iPhone could be toxic?!

The iPhone craze has since toned down as Apple’s newest gadget has become a wordlwide phenomenon. Local techies and Apple afficionados have been itching to have one, be it shipped from some Pinoys overseas or not and hacked to work with the local mobile networks. It seems that almost everyone wants to have an iPhone. Do you?

However, behind the glitz and snazz, oohs and aahhs that has surrounded the iPhone a little known or atleast totally ignored piece of writing about Apple’s newest cash cow. It is this little known article about how ‘green’ or eco- and health-friendly the Apple iPhone is and yes your guess is right, it’s from Greenpeace International.

The article is entitled, Missed call: the iPhone’s hazardous chemicals (When will promises of a greener Apple bear fruit?)

And so let me quote:

Scientific tests, arranged by Greenpeace, reveal that Apple’s iPhone contains hazardous chemicals. The tests uncovered two types of hazardous substances, some of which have already been eliminated by other mobile phone makers.

In May, due to our successful Green my Apple campaign Steve Jobs, the boss of Apple, claimed: “Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors” on environmental issues.

We watched closely when the iPhone was launched in June for any mention of the green features of the phone from Apple. There was none.

OMG! The iPhone has hazardous chemicals in its components? Greenpeace’s scientists says so. They bought an iPhone, sent it to their lab in the United Kingdom, took it apart, piece by piece and subjected each component to tests that will determine what kind of toxic or hazardous chemicals and what amounts are in there to see whether Apple has lived up to its 2008 commitment of cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly Apple products, aptly named “Greener Apple“.

Greenpeace has released a document that details their scrutiny and analysis of how green the iPhone is, the gist of it can be viewed in this video:

Had enough? Convinced that your iPhone is not eco-friendly and could even be dangerous to your health? Hold on, I suggest giving that document a download and a few minutes of your time to read it. If you can’t find the time nor the will power to read 12 pages of scientific yet profound information, skim it quick but give ample time to read the executive summary which is in the first part and the summary which is of course at near the end of the paper.

Why bother to read that paper when it details how potentially unhealthy and nasty to the environment your iPhone could be? You’d be glad to know, surprised even that in the end, Greenpeace’s stand on the iPhone’s eco-friendliness is not that hard.

For in the conclusion part, they said:

Of the 18 different internal and external components and materials tested from an Apple iPhone purchased in the USA in June 2007, all would appear to be compliant with the requirements of the EU’s Directive on use of certain hazardous substances in electronics and electrical goods (the RoHS Directive). In particular:

  • no cadmium or mercury were detected;
  • lead and chromium were detected in a small proportion of samples and at relatively low concentrations;
  • there was no evidence for the presence of the toxic and regulated form of chromium, chromium (VI), in a range of other metal-plated components tested (primarily screw heads).

Ya see? They tested how “green” the iPhone is in the context of Europe’s laws on the use of hazardous substances in electronics and electronic goods. Since they found out that the iPhone is, at the most, in compliance you could have some good sleep tonight.

However, Greenpeace does bring up an important point in reminding us, Steve Jobs and Apple that it’s not enough that we have the latest cutting-edge gadget, ergonomics, usability and fashion sense, we must also, and always think of our health and the environment. What good would an iPhone be if it affects our reproduction and poisons the environment right?

Apple, in particular iPhone fanboys may already be fuming at me, and true that I’ve never ever had an Apple product like an iPod, Mac, or even an iPhone, save for this Safari for Windows I’m currently using; I’m still glad that Sony Ericsson ranks higher in the eco-friendly mobile companies and my K800i is “greener’ than the iPhone.

But hey, I’m just being concerned for all of you. :mrgreen:

4 Comments

  1. Apple's getting the rap from Greenpeace because they told those guys that they're definitely going to act on those environmental issues, when they were followed-up however, it seemed that they still haven't lifted a finger. šŸ™‚

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