Microsoft slides to new low on Greenpeace scale

Xbox 360 maker joins Nintendo in the doghouse of environmental organization's assessment of electronics makers' eco-friendliness.

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Green may be the signature color of Microsoft's Xbox 360, but the hardware manufacturer is drawing criticism for less-than-green business practices. In the latest Guide to Greener Electronics from environmentalist organization Greenpeace, Microsoft saw its approval ratings from the group slide, putting it within striking distance of Nintendo for the least green electronics maker in the guide. The Wii maker has held a viselike grip on the quarterly report's bottom spot since it was first added to the list in November of 2007.

Possibly the worst review scores Nintendo and Microsoft get all year.
Possibly the worst review scores Nintendo and Microsoft get all year.

In Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics, Microsoft scored a 1.9 out of 10, down from the 3.3 rating it received in May's report. That puts it just a fraction ahead of Nintendo's 1.8 rating. The group said Microsoft had actually scored a 2.9 but was penalized a point for backing out of a commitment to ending its use of hazardous chemicals like vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants in its products by the end of the year.

However, Microsoft did win some points with Greenpeace for a variety of activities, earning three "partially good" assessments in the report's 15 different categories, including chemical management, reporting its carbon footprint, and drawing nearly a quarter of its electricity used from renewable sources. Nintendo scored only a single "partially good" assessment, in the area of chemical management.

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