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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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.

Greener electronics guide updated

Feature story | 26 October, 2010 at 9:00

The latest edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics exposes the widening gap between companies that make good on their promises to clean up, and those that don't. While some of the top electronics manufacturers are failing to keep...

Electronics-makers, show us your greenest products

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 16 July, 2010 5 comments

This is an invitation from our electronics campaigners, to the industry, to show off the best they've got on the market: Greenpeace International will be releasing the third edition of the Green Electronics Product Survey at the...

Keeping the pressure on Michael Dell

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 15 June, 2010 4 comments

Here's a note from Renee, who works from our San Francisco, CA office on getting electronics companies to go green: Greenpeace activists have shown up at Dell headquarters in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Bangalore, and Austin. Plus,...

Dell has run out of excuses

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 1 June, 2010 7 comments

Did you see Greenpeace activists took direct action against Dell at its global headquarters in Texas, U.S., last week? We caught the giant PC maker backtracking on its public commitment to eliminate key toxic chemicals in its...

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