Originally Posted by deckardIan,
That was my first thought as well.
However, take a look at the third image down that shows the rear of the packaging - at the very bottom in the middle of the box you'll see the PET recycled/recyclable symbol.
That means that the box is either made from recycled PET plastic or is first use PET that can then be recycled into future products.
The process is actually really interesting.
Add to this the fact that less paper (and therefore trees - plantation pine or similar) is used and that it's much smaller in size allowing for greater numbers to be shipped at one time leading to a reduction in the number of shipments required for same quantity, you have something that's more environmentally friendly.
Even though it's plastic, I guess you'd have to call it 'good' plastic - or at least 'less bad' plastic!
Have a look at: http://container-recycling.org/plasfact/PETstraight.htm
This site gives some insight into the whole process of recycled plastics.
Did a little googling on resin symbols, SPI, ISO-1043, etetera. So don't quote me on this but, from my brief search the "PC" stands for polycarbonate NOT polyester (it's common trade name) or "PET" (it's chemical abbreviation), and the "7" is usually used for "Other" meaning it isn't in the first 6 plastic categories (i. e. PET is resin type "1", I believe). According to greenpeace.org, "PC" types of plastics fall near the top of the hazardous plastics pyramid, NOT the bottom. But are ANY plastics good from a biodegradable standpoint? Several sites seem to indicate that type "7" plastics are NOT recyclable (or should not be recycled, just bury them).
Also, the recycle symbol just identifies basically which bin you should through the waste into (i. e. it just identifies the generic type of plastic for POTENTIAL re-processing purposes).
I doesn't mean that it was made from recycled plastic, and it doesn't mean that it can be recycled. It's just a symbol for identification purposes! And given it's purpose for identification, it isn't used in a consistent (i. e. same symbols) universal (i. e. worldwide) fashion!
So no, I don't think Jobs et. al. are walking-the-walk but just talking-the-talk, I just received my G2 nano today, packaging is VERY attractive versus the 1G nano, but from an environmental standpoint, the 2G nano packaging is VERY unattractive versus the 1G nano packaging! And we all know that Jobs, et. al. pride aesthetics above all else, to quote Steve, "Where's my jet, to hell with the environment." He really did say it, I was there, at an Outback Steakhouse, he was eating a 22 oz. prime rib after eating 2 of those fried onion thingies! He was wearing a pair of those fake thick rimmed black eyeglasses with mustache, but his black mock turtleneck and blue jeans were a dead giveaway!
And I just threw my plastic box into the ocean with a message inside, the message reads "Dispose of plastic waste products responsibly!"