iPhone Contains Hazardous Materials?


Are you an iPhone user? Apple shares 25% of the market for smartphones in the U.S. which comes to about 18.5 million. Crafted with precision and finesse of a watch, iPhone has become one of the most sought-after smartphone devices.

Its advanced wireless connectivity options allow for rapid downloading, sharing, and data uploading. The display features have superior characteristics and a crisp images due to its high pixel density. Its battery, though irreplaceable, provides users with eight hours of 3G browsing and talk time and 10 hours of playback.  iPhone’s iOS6 is one of the most advanced mobile operating systems. However, did you know that iPhone is bad for your health?

Greenpeace commissioned test

In 2006, the Greenpeace commissioned a test, which revealed that iPhone contained hazardous materials in both internal and external components, including “phthalates in the vinyl plastic earphone wiring at levels that are prohibited in young children’s toys in both, San Francisco, and in the European Union.” The presence of brominated flame retards, and phthalates are also found in iPod Nano and MacBook Pro.

Phthalates are softened plastics that can disrupt the body’s hormones. In 2002, a study found that women working in the food-canning and automobile industry, who were exposed to phthalates, have nearly five-fold increased risk in premenopausal breast cancer. Phthalates have also been linked to asthma, birth defects, problems in newborns, neurodevelopmental problems, obesity, and fertility issues. Phthalates were banned in children’s toys, but they can still be found in school supplies, personal care and cosmetics products such as shampoo and nail polish.

Toxic to Reproduction

The 18 components of the iPhone tested by Greenpeace showed that in addition to PVC plastic with phthalates, brominated compounds were also found in 10% of the total weight of iPhone’s circuit boards. It was found that the phthalates in the iPhone cords were classified toxic in Europe because they interfere with sexual development.

Greenpeace’s spokesperson Rick Hind said Nokia has already banned the use of toxins, so there is no reason why the iPhone could not make it without brominated flame retardants and vinyl plastics.

Brominated flame retards is bioaccumulative, persistent, and toxic to both humans and the environment and is suspected of causing neurobehavioral effects and endocrine disruption, according to Wikipedia. Endocrine disruptors can interfere with the hormone system that can cause birth defects, cancerous tumors, and developmental disorder. It may also cause severe attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and sexual development problems, to name a few.

Dr. David Santillo, a senior scientist at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories said that while phthalates were banned in toys, it was not prohibited in mobile phones.

Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas

One Response to "iPhone Contains Hazardous Materials?"

  1. Kelley   May 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Is there an iPhone user out there that doesn’t suffer from attention deficit disorder?


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