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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Guide to Greener Electronics - Samsung, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:39

Samsung holds its position in 2nd place with a slightly reduced score of 6.9, down from 7.1, as a result of failing to extend its take-back programme to non-OECD countries.Samsung scores relatively well on all the criteria.Since November 2007,...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Microsoft, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:39

Microsoft stays in 15th position but with an increased score of 2.7 points, up from 2.5 points, as it has now engaged in an EU coalition supporting Individual ProducerResponsibility. On other e-waste criteria, Microsoft fails to score any points...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Lenovo, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:39

Lenovo drops from 16th to 17th position with its score remaining on 2.5 points, encumbered by a penalty point imposed for backtracking on its commitment to eliminatePVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in all its products by the end of 2009...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Philips, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:39

Philips climbs from 7th to 4th place with an increased score of 5.9 points (up from 5.3), improving its score on e-waste and energy criteria. Philips now supports IndividualProducer Responsibility (IPR), is engaging in a European NGO and industry...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Fujitsu, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:38

Fujitsu moves up the ranking by one place from penultimate (17th) position with a score of 2.4 to 16th place with 2.7 points, above Nintendo and Lenovo. Fujitsu scoresequally poorly across the three issues.

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