Rotten to the Core

Some of the best-known laptops are contaminated with some of the worst known toxic chemicals, and we’ve got the test results to prove it. Some of your favorite tech gadgets are made with toxic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, brominated flame retardants(BFRs) and even lead. Brands like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Apple contained the highest levels of contamination, despite claims to the contrary. And when last year’s coolest trend isn’t so cool anymore, tons of tossed out electronics make their way to the developing world, where children dismantle them for scraps, and are exposed to the toxics they contain. It’s time for these companies to cut the chemicals from their products, and create a strong recycling program.


I was outraged to learn that many of your products end up in toxic scrap yards in Asia and the developing world. The toxic chemicals you use in your products put child laborers and their environment at risk. As you saw from Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics, your company ranks near the bottom of all global electronics companies because your company has refused to eliminate toxic chemicals in your products and adopt effective recycling programs. There is no reason why state-of-the art products cannot also be green. Most other companies are doing much more. We urge you to commit to becoming an industry leader and make products that actually improve people's health and the environment.
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