September 15, 2008 by Steven Castle
You’ve probably heard about the colorful new iPods. Oooo, they look so cool. But did you also know they’re green? Or at least greener than previous models.
The new iPods reportedly contain no nasty things like PVC wire insulation, brominated flame retardants or mercury found in some batteries and fluorescent backlighting. Apple also says the new iPods are made from a “highly recyclable aluminium enclosures,” and the glass used in the iPod touch display is free from arsenic.
Greenpeace even loves it … almost. The environmental group would like to see Apple eliminate toxic substances from its computer products as well, though newer MacBooks, iMacs and iPods are largely free of brominated flame retardents, with reduced use of PVC in cables.
Do the newer, greener iPods mean the eco-conscious should toss their old ones and go new? Unless you really need that new iPod touch with wireless networking and workout timer, often the greenest thing is to keep using your old stuff.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates
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