Consoles too toxic, says Greenpeace

All three are bad for the environment.

Greenpeace has urged console makers to start using more environmentally friendly materials to make their hardware, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

The activist group pulled apart Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 units and found all sorts of chemicals that hurt plants: polyvinyl chloride, phthalates, beryllium, bromine and cillit bang were detected. Maybe not the last one.

Their probing also found improvement, but there were still rather a lot of unnecessary toxic materials in use.

"If manufacturers only looked at each other's products, they'd quickly see ways of replacing their own dirty components with toxic-free materials," The group said on its site.

"A greener, cleaner game console is possible. There's no excuse for playing dirty."

Greenpeace recently had a go at Nintendo for failing to deal with its e-waste effectively and work under public eco-policies.

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