Environmentalists target iPhone for lawsuit

OAKLAND, California, Oct 16, 2007 (AFP) – Environmentalist lawyers are threatening to sue Apple in 60 days if the iconic US company doesn’t make iPhones greener or warn buyers of toxins in the devices. The Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, California, sent Apple notice on Monday after environmental activist group Greenpeace released a scientific analysis of how Earth-friendly iPhones are.

In a YouTube video posted at the Greenpeace website, scientist David Santillo claims that iPhones contain dangerous levels of bromine, chlorine and “phthalates,” chemical compounds used to increase the flexibility of plastic.
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“Electronics companies have traditionally relied on the cool clean image of their devices in order to sell them,” Santillo says in the video, which starts with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs ebulliently announcing the iPhone launch.

“What we have found over the years is that once you get behind that shiny cover the story is very different.”

The level of phthalate esters, a chemical linked to birth defects, in plastic coating of iPhone earphones wires is greater than that allowed in toys or childcare items sold in Europe, according to Greenpeace.

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