Green Gadgets: Designing the Future

A Greenpeace International report has revealed the progress of the electronics industry in reducing its environmental footprint and laid out the key challenges ahead. While progress has been made over the past few years, for example, many items are now free from the worst chemicals, the report challenges the sector to go even further. Greenpeace is calling on the electronics industry to help us design a different future for our next generations, a future where products are sustainably made, supply chains are free from all hazardous chemicals and manufacturing is powered by renewable energy.

8th March 2005. A small child sitting among cables and e-waste, Guiyu, China. Much of modern electronic equipment contains toxic ingredients. Vast amounts are routinely and often illegally shipped as waste from Europe, USA and Japan to countries in Asia as it is easier and cheaper to dump the problem on poorer countries with lower environmental standards. This practice exposes the workers and communities involved in dismantling e-waste to serious, environmental problems, danger and health hazards.

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"Blomstrandbreen" Glacier in Svalbard, 1922

Image | 1 April, 1922 at 3:00

View of the "Blomstrandbreen" Glacier in Svalbard in 1922

Grinnell Glacier in the USA's Glacier National Park

Image | 1 April, 1914 at 3:00

Grinnell Glacier in the USA's Glacier National Park flows into the semi-arid high plains through the St Marys and South Saskatchewan Rivers through Canada Hudson's Bay.

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Image | 1 April, 1906 at 3:00

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The Pasterze Glacier in the Austrian Alps

Image | 1 April, 1900 at 3:00

The Pasterze Glacier in the Austrian Alps, provides water that flows into the Danube basin, home to 83 million people. United Nations scientists have found that the European Alps lost half of the original ice volume since 1850.

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