Buying Better ComputersFact Sheets
- How to Buy Better Computers: Going Beyond EPEAT (pdf) A short background document that discusses the growing global problem of electronics and provides information on what institutional purchasers can do, explaining available tools such as the Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) and additional criteria to help you go Beyond EPEAT.
- Purchasing Guidelines for Environmentally Preferable Computers (pdf) Guidelines for addressing the environmental and public health threats of electronic products through purchasing preferences and manufacturers' design. Prepared by Health Care Without Harm, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, and the Electronics Takeback Campaign.
- Three Laws of Technology Recycling (ppt) Presentation at CleanMed 2004 given by Robert Houghton, President of Redemtech, Inc., on electronics asset recovery and healthcare.
End-of-Life and Takeback Programs
These supplemental program summary forms provide a way for institutional purchasers to compile and compare information about different vendors' equipment end-of-life management and packaging takeback programs, respectively, to help determine which services purchasers might want to include in their contracts.
This 23 minute film documents the real consequences of exporting e-waste to developing countries for "recycling," by following a trail of toxic e-waste destined for China.
Produced by the Basel Action Network (BAN) and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, "Exporting Harm" can be ordered from BAN's website.
This 22 minute film continues to expose the harmful, escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded electronics that was uncovered in "Exporting Harm," by following a trail of hazardous e-waste to Lagos, Nigeria.
Produced by the Basel Action Network (BAN) and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, "Digital Dump" can be ordered from BAN's website. The official trailer is below.
Concerns about Flame RetardantsReports
Resolutions, Ordinances, Laws
Links to Other Websites
Valuable information and resources for 'greener' hospital facilities. Topics include: eliminating mercury use, environmentally preferable purchasing, waste reduction, and green design in building facilities.
The goal of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (formerly Computer TakeBack Campaign) is to protect the health and well-being of electronic users, workers, and the communities where electronics are produced and discarded by requiring consumer electronics manufacturers and brand owners to take full responsibility for the life cycle of their products, through effective public policy requirements or enforceable agreements.
Resources, technical documents, slide presentations, report cards, and directories on computer recycling, sustainable water programs, and international efforts to reduce the impacts of the electronic industry on the environment and public health.
The Basel Action Network (BAN) works to prevent the globalization of the toxic waste crisis. BAN works to prevent trade in toxic waste exported from rich to poorer countries, and to promote global environmental justice and a toxics-free world.
More News about Electronics
- Hazardous Chemicals found in Household Dust (pdf) Toxic chemicals leach from electronics, shower curtains, vinyl flooring and other common household products, says a new report.
- Health Leaders e-zine on green technologies and article about purchasing healthier electronics
- Evidence mounts about problematic flame retardants.
- Victory! Health and environmental groups successfully pressured the EU Commission to maintain the ban on flame retardant DecaBDE in electronics. Read the report on substitutes for decaBDE (pdf).