Apple being sued based on Greenpeace report

The Center for Environmental Health on Monday said that it is suing Apple based on the report by environmental group Greenpeace. The report, released earlier Monday, found hazardous materials Apple's iPhone. The Greenpeace tests revealed chemicals that included "phthalates" in the vinyl plastic earphone wiring at levels that are prohibited in young children's toys in San Francisco and the European Union (EU).

Under California's Proposition 65 law, products that can expose consumers to phthaltes or other chemicals that are reproductive toxins or carcinogens must carry a warning label, according to the Center for Environmental Health. "There is no reason to have these potentially hazardous chemicals in iPhones" said Michael Green, Executive Director of Center for Environmental Health. "We expect Apple to reformulate their products to make them safer from cradle to grave, so they don't pose a threat to consumers, workers or the environment."

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geez.

of all the contaminants, apple got the mother load - phthalates .... this is really bad, if you know how it can harm you and your children.

expect the EU to follow up on this and banned / fined apple on this. they have more stringent requirement on phthlates than us does.

So no hazardous chemicals in the phone, but a certain amount of feces is allowed in foods? Blah. I wish the FDA was as strict. :S

As for Apple, this isn't the first time they've gotten some heat for hazardous chemicals. I guess this "Apple" isn't very green.

Darn, now I won't be able to give my kids the iPhone headphones for Christmas.

The green facists ruin yet another wonderful holiday.

Greenpeace always making a marketing bluff and achieving nothing. Greenpeace stink!.

Anyways, the restriction is applied to children toys and afaik iphone is not a child stuff.

BALDheadedGRL said,
looks like all the apple fanboys will be dying shortly...

Probably more like a stupid class action lawsuit or something so everyone can get rich without working for it!

nunjabusiness said,
"phthalates"

Great, yet another toxic (and unpronounceable) chemical to keep track of!

Thay - lates, not too difficult.

Prohibited by San Francisco??? That city is bass ackwards anyway. I wouldn't hold much stock in what they allow/disallow.

"We expect Apple to reformulate their products to make them safer from cradle to grave, so they don't pose a threat to consumers, workers or the environment."

Or add a label: "This phone is toxic" :nuts: