Greenpeace believes that the latest-generation iPods are significantly less toxic than before. Apple's announcement(2) is also a good sign that it is serious about meeting its commitment to phase out PVC and BFRs from all of its products by the end of 2008. Further, it shows - once again - that 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.
While Apple has now positioned itself amongst the leaders in the electronics industry on PVC and BFR phase-out, toxic chemical phase-out in its iPods should be consistent across all other future product ranges, from Apple iPhone to Apple Macs.
'Greenpeace will stay vigilant, watching future Apple announcements and holding it accountable,' added Harrell. '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!'