Greener Electronics

Every year, hundreds of thousands of old computers and mobile phones are dumped in landfills or burned in smelters. Thousands more are exported, often illegally, from the Europe, US, Japan and other industrialised countries, to Asia. There, workers at scrap yards, some of whom are children, are exposed to a cocktail of toxic chemicals and poisons.

A Chinese child sits amongst a pile of wires and e-waste. Children can often be found dismantling e-waste containing many hazardous chemicals known to be potentially very damaging to children's health.

The rate at which these mountains of obsolete electronic products are growing will reach crisis proportions unless electronics corporations that profit from making and selling these devices face up to their responsibilities.

It is possible to make clean, durable products that can be upgraded, recycled, or disposed of safely and don't end up as hazardous waste in someone's backyard.

Discover more about e-waste, what happens after it is thrown away, which companies are top and bottom of the toxic product class and the solutions to the problem.

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Green Gadgets: Designing the Future

Publication | 3 September, 2014 at 2:30

Today, more and more people around the world rely on laptops, phones and tablets as an essential part of their everyday lives. However, the rate at which they purchase and discard these devices is having a serious impact on our planet.

Electronics companies can lead the way on clean energy - if you push them

Blog entry by Casey Harrell | 19 November, 2012 15 comments

Every day, you rely on your computer, mobile phone, or tablet to be more productive, or just to have fun. Gadgets can make our lives better, but the rate at which we collectively purchase and discard them is having a serious impact on...

Victory – India introduces e-waste law

Blog entry by Tom Dowdall | 10 June, 2011 7 comments

When we started our campaign to tackle the global e-waste crisis in 2005 we went to India  to document the terrible environmental and health effects of toxic e-waste being dumped across  Asia and Africa . Just 6 years later we have...

5 easy steps to (not) recycle toxic e-waste

Blog entry by JulietteH | 2 February, 2011 11 comments

Our gadget-obsessed lifestyles mean that we often throw away electronic devices when we're finished with them. Ever wondered what happens to your old TV, even if you’ve done the right thing, and dropped it off at a recycling facility...

Towards green electronics: Getting greener, but not there yet

Publication | 5 January, 2011 at 23:00

Greenpeace congratulates the electronics industry on making progress the many technical hurdles it has been facing - but we also show that the industry hasn't finished finding green solutions just yet.

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