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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5 ways tech companies are making your devices die too soon

Blog entry by Elizabeth Jardim | 27 June, 2017 1 comment

Imagine a world where your electronic gadgets would last, or a place where your devices could be easily repaired. Imagine all the money saved!   ...But we know that world is purely imaginary, because unfortunately, the...

You did it! Samsung will finally recycle millions of Galaxy Note 7s

Blog entry by Jude Lee | 27 March, 2017

Remember when we did this… Greenpeace activists create satirical scenes to show the explosion of the Galaxy Note 7 as well as how the device can be recycled at the front gate of the Samsung Electronics’ headquarters in Suwon. ...

What 10 years of smartphone use means for the planet

Blog entry by Elizabeth Jardim | 27 February, 2017 3 comments

Smartphones have undeniably changed our lives — and the world — in a very short amount of time. Just ten years ago, we took pictures with cameras, used maps to plan routes, and kept in touch with friends and family using T9 text...

Samsung, can you hear us?

Blog entry by Robin Perkins | 29 November, 2016

Over the past week we've watched as thousands of people around the world joined our urgent call for Samsung to come up with a concrete plan to reuse or recycle 4.3 million Galaxy Note7s. From Hong Kong to Washington DC, you called...

One phone call could #SaveTheGalaxy

Blog entry by Robin Perkins | 21 November, 2016 1 comment

At the beginning of the month we launched a petition to ask Samsung to reuse or recycle materials from 4.3 million Galaxy Note7 phones following its global recall in October. Since then the story has been picked up by ...

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