Even though the winner of the console wars in terms of console sales, Nintendo is not a green console – not at all, if we are to believe the latest Guide to Greener Electronics released by Greenpeace, who awarded Nintendo with an awful score of 1 out of ten (just like last year), but it appears that the organization doesn’t really know exactly what are Nintendo’s environmental policies.
“We’re in continuous dialogue with all the companies we speak to,” said Greenpeace International’s toxic campaigner Iza Kruszewska, “apart from Nintendo. I’ve never been able to get an answer from them aside from a couple of marketing people in the UK who have been trying to forward the messages to global headquarters in Japan, but we get no response from Nintendo. The company has an incredibly poor standard of communication regarding this issue.”
Therefore, the organization awarded no points to Nintendo in the areas they know nothing about: “Nintendo remains in last place with a pitiful 0.8 points out of 10, scoring zero on all e-waste criteria,” reads the pdf report. “The company has banned phthalates and is monitoring use of antimony and beryllium, and although it is endeavouring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase out.”
So, in the end, it might be that Nintendo just loves secrets and nature. But just doesn’t want to make it public…