“Like all the products that Apple sells worldwide, the iPhone complies with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances or Restriction on dangerous substances), the strictest regulation in the world on toxic substances in electronic products” said a spokesman for Manzana. “As we have already said, Apple will voluntarily phase out the use of PVC and BFRs by the end of 2008.”
Despite Apple’s commitment, the company remains in the spotlight for the chemicals found in the iPhone. According to tests commissioned by Greenpeace, chemical compounds such as vinyl in the plastic of the headphone cable were found to contain “phthalates” and at levels prohibited both for toys in San Francisco and in the European Union. The tests also revealed brominated compounds in half of the samples, which can create dioxins when they burn, according to the study.
Based on the study’s findings, the Center for Environmental Health stated Monday that it has given Apple a 60-day legal notice (a necessary step in California before filing a lawsuit). Despite this, the Center for Environmental Health hopes “to encourage manufacturers to reduce the use of these chemicals through negotiations.”