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.


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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...

Toxic Transformers Briefing

Publication | 26 February, 2010 at 0:00

Toxic Transformers Briefing: The hazards of brominated and chlorinated substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

January 18: New Greenpeace flagship, Greener Guide to Electronics, and Japanese whale...

Blog entry by Teresa Belkow | 18 January, 2010

This is part of a trial series Copyright Greenpeace/Greenpeace staff Junichi Sato (seated left), Toru Suzuki (seated right), and their lead counsel, Yuichi Kaido (seated centre) face reporters at a press briefing following their...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Panasonic, January 2010

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 10:05

The 14th (January 2010) Guide to Greener Electronics assessment of Panasonic.

Guide to Greener Electronics - Apple, January 2010

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 10:04

The 14th (January 2010) Guide to Greener Electronics assessment of Apple.

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