Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Green machines

It's not like I think about it all the time, but I do get really freaked-out when I think about all the waste produced in the manufacture and disposal of electronic equipment.

E-waste is a growing problem - and that doesn't even cover the environmental waste and social impact of mining for metals in the first place.

Now, pretty much all major manufacturers have recycling programmes, but when companies like NEC say they're releasing new notebook computers made of biodegradable plastic, I really smile. Even if I wonder why it took so long, and why everyone doesn't have to do it. (via)

See also:

E-Waste: Dark Side of Digital Age

Greenpeace's Chemical Home campaign evaluation of computers and mobile phones

E-waste rules still being flouted

Wireless: the New Recyclable


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