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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Banners asking Michael Dell to clean up toxics

Image | 29 March, 2010 at 0:00

Greenpeace asks the managing director of Dell, Michael Dell, to stop using toxic components in his company's electronics. The activists block the entrance of the main office of Dell in Amsterdam, Netherlands with foam.

Toxic Protest at Dell HQ in Bangalore

Image | 29 March, 2010 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists protest outside Dell offices for failing to fulfill their promise to phase out Toxic material from their products.

Dell targeted for breaking promise on toxic chemicals

Feature story | 29 March, 2010 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists unfurled banners of every size today outside the offices of Dell in Bangalore, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, just as Dell executives meet to discuss a roadmap to finally remove the worst toxic chemicals from their electronics.

Toxics Action at Samsung HQ in Belgium

Image | 3 March, 2010 at 10:53

Greenpeace climbers scale the Benelux headquarters of the Korean electronic giant Samsung, displaying the message "Samsung = Broken Promises" in giant letters onto the front of the building. The peaceful protest is challenging the company for...

Calling out Samsung for toxic failure

Feature story | 3 March, 2010 at 0:00

Samsung still uses PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in all its products, except in a few models of mobile phone, MP3 players and some components, despite many promises to clean up. That's why our activists stuck huge stickers on the...

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