While a Greenpeace report zinging Nintendo's manufacturing processes made headlines this week, Ars Technica calls the environmental watchdog's research into question:
Is this scorecard something that should be taken seriously? The answer is mixed…
The research in general appears lazy. Nintendo's failing grade appears to be based entirely on this entry in the corporate FAQ, which briefly summarizes some of the steps the company has taken to protect the environment.
Anything that's not covered there is simply rated "No Information." …Clearly, Greenpeace did not perform an exhaustive evaluation of chemical use through the manufacturing pipeline.
This lack of research undercuts the report's credibility when it comes to chemical use during manufacturing…
Ironically, a Yahoo! feature on Gifts for Growing Up Green recommends the Wii with the following notation:
Why it's green:
The Wii is up to 10 times more efficient than the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3. The downside is that the Wii is designed to be constantly plugged-in and online, using power while you're not playing.