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Nintendo issues sniffy response to Greenpeace's environmental criticism

Every year or so, eco-terrorists Greenpeace compile a report on which technology companies are friendliest to the environment and which really aren’t. Nintendo and Apple routinely score very low, and Nokia routinely scores well, but this year, Nintendo has issued a wonderfully haughty response:

“Nintendo has not been badly rated by Greenpeace. Greenpeace chose to conduct a survey which graded companies based on the voluntary submission of information. Nintendo decided not to take part in the survey and were therefore ‘ungraded’.

“Nintendo provides detailed information regarding its compliance to environmental laws and directives via the Consumer Information section of the Nintendo website and therefore felt it unnecessary to take part in the Greenpeace survey.”

So there you go. Nintendo isn’t environmentally unfriendly, it just doesn’t want to play nice with Greenpeace. In all honesty, I’m not sure I blame them.

Greenpeace Report (via TechRadar)

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It might be top of class in the hardware stakes, but Nintendo is apparently flunking its environmental responsibilities. After scoring a whopping 0/10 last year for company policy on handling toxic waste, the big N has been accused by Greenpeace of still not making enough effort to prove its ‘environmental credentials’ by openly presenting eco-friendly solutions.