iPhone Toxins

By: Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Ray Hawthorne Email

A popular electronics device that is user-friendly may not be environmentally-friendly.

According to scientific tests commissioned by the environmental organization Greenpeace, Apple's iPhone contains toxic compounds in its antenna and on the plastic coating of the headphone cables. The organization says this presents problems to the environment when the time comes to throw the devices away.

Dr. David Santiello, a researcher at Greenpeace says, "Electronics companies have traditionally relied on the cool, clean image of their devices in order to sell them. What we found over the years is that once you get behind that shiny cover, the story can be very different."

Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, pledged to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its products several months ago. Environmentalists hope the next release of iPhones in Europe will be "greener" than their American counterparts.


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