Greenpeace claims that the world’s leading game consoles contain high levels of toxic chemicals. The environmental advocacy group states that Nintendo’s Wii, the Sony Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 all use varying degrees of bromine, PVCs and other potentially harmful chemicals, as well as phthalates which can affect human hormones.
Greenpeace acknowledged that the amount of toxic materials it discovered did not violate European regulations, although some of the substances are prohibited from use in toys targeted at small children.
While not harmful in the amounts used, some of the chemicals can be released into household dust, inhaled and accumulate in the body over time, Greenpeace assets. The organisation is calling on all technology firms to take immediate action to eliminate toxic chemicals from their products.