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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Greenpeace - New Improved Ranking criteria explained

Publication | 6 January, 2010 at 0:00

The Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics has new and improved sets of criteria for assessing consumer electronics companies practices on toxics, recycling and climate / energy policy.

Switching on to Green Electronics

Publication | 31 December, 2009 at 0:00

It's time for the electronics industry to green-up: this report details the problems with toxic components, recycling and energy policies, explaining what the industry needs to do to lessen its increasingly negative environmental and social impacts.

What does Ballmer go crazy for?

Blog entry by mwilson | 2 December, 2009

Why is Microsoft - one the world's biggest corporations - having such a struggle pulling up its pants on climate change policy? UPDATE 1: Microsoft responds, goes to Copenhagen . UPDATE 2: Dell's op-ed in Forbes...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Motorola, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:39

Motorola remains in 6th place, with a slightly reduced score of 5.3 points, which it loses for only committing to eliminate PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) inmobile devices and not all its products. Motorola scores relatively well on...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Sharp, September 2009

Publication | 30 September, 2009 at 9:39

Sharp stays in 7th place but with a reduced score of 5.1 points. Sharp gains a point for its support for the precautionary principle but loses a point for the lack of clarity on whetherthe commitment to eliminate phthalates, relates to all...

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