As we become more aware of the detrimental effects of toxic products in our environment, it’s hard not to look at the products we use on a daily basis (cell phones, televisions, computers, lap tops, wires, etc) as another place to start making some changes. Electronics contain a large amount of toxic chemicals that can contaminate the environment and expose workers to harmful chemicals.
The manufacturing of electronics is a dirty business meaning that in their production, toxic chemicals including metals such as lead and hexavalent chromium, and other contaminants such as phthalates and brominated flame retardants are used to make the final product. I think many of us have wondered, are these companies aware of the health hazards their products have on humans and the environment? AND, if so what are they doing to address this?
It’s important to know that yes, companies across the world are thinking about this and some are making changes to stop “jeopardizing the health of workers and the environment.” Companies like Apple and HP are working to reduce their use of chemicals that are known to be hazardous to human health and the environment. The issue at hand is getting more companies to start making changes in how their products are manufactured and to ensure that the hazardous materials being replaced are substituted with less or non-hazardous ones.
Read ‘THESE COMPANIES ARE FIGURING OUT HOW TO REDUCE THE TOXICS IN ELECTRONICS’ to learn more.