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 - Microsoft, January 2010

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 10:02

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

Guide to Greener Electronics 14th edition

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 0:00

The 14th Guide to Greener Electronics (January 2010) provides an updated 'green' ranking of 18 consumer electronics producers, based on scores for toxic and climate / energy-related policies.

Guide to Greener Electronics - Fujitsu, January 2010

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 0:00

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

Guide to Greener Electronics - LG, January 2010

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 0:00

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

Guide to Greener Electronics - Sony Ericsson, January 2010

Publication | 7 January, 2010 at 0:00

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

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