The issues of eWaste is one we take seriously since we give you environmental information you receive on electronics and computers so when there’s information about being greener with your electronics, buying them less, or recycling them we want you to have it! Check out this infographic from EPEAT®, an organization that rates electronics based on 23 required criteria to qualify for their certification and can meet up to 28 additional optional criteria to achieve higher ratings. Continue reading
The Story of Electronics explores the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.
It can be an uncomfortable topic: eWaste. If you’re reading this you’re on an electronic device (unless you printed this out or something) but the term “eWaste” asks the question “What happens to my electronics when I get rid of them?” Your electronic waste is called eWaste and unless it’s properly recycled, and many times it isn’t, the harmful chemicals inside that make your smartphones and laptops run can leak out into the groundwater in landfills or harm those in other countries separating the parts for reprocessing.
While I won’t call it an answer to eWaste because you can always reduce, eCycling at least recycles the components of our electronic waste for reuse instead of dumping it in a landfill. Responsible eCycling on your part requires you to know where your recycled electronics are going and if your electronics recycler is responsible or not. Where can you eCycle your electronics? Check out the links on the EPA website epa.gov/epawaste or our post Amazon Lets You Trade-In Old Electronics For New Ones
eCycling is easier than you think.
If you’ve never heard of eWaste watch the video above from the good folks at GOOD.
Tuesday the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced cellphones are “possible carcinogens.” Carcinogens are substances that are capable of causing cancer. Continue reading
Online retail giant Amazon recently launched a new new program that will let you trade in your old electronics in exchange for an Amazon credit– but wait, there’s a bit of a catch. Continue reading