A Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) team will be conducting primary research on the impact of e-waste in India. SVTC's executive director Sheila Davis, intern Serena, and Lauren Ornelas, Campaign Director of SVTC, will be chronicling their activities and findings in a blog and publishing videos of the journey.
Sometimes companies need to be reminded of their environmental commitments--like HP's 2007 promise to stop putting toxic chemicals in their computer products. That's why Greenpeace activists climbed to the top of HP's global headquarters in Palo Alto California , and William Shatner (yes, Captain James T. Kirk) recorded a special voice message for all the staff in the building.
Since 2006, Greenpeace has been campaigning to green our electronics, challenging the sector’s leading companies to reduce their environmental footprint and meet the growing demand for greener devices. From acting to combat climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy in the supply chain, to helping to build a toxic-free future by eliminating the worst hazardous chemicals, now is the moment for the industry to help us design a different future. The report ‘Greener Gadgets: Designing the future’ gives a snapshot of the progress achieved by the industry so far in combatting these major environmental issues and laid out the challenges ahead.
Less than 10% of discarded electronics products are currently recycled. The United States and many other developed countries have exported e-waste primarily to Asia knowing full well that it carried with it a real harm to the poor communities where it would be discarded. There is an urgent need for manufacturers of electronics products to take responsibility for their products from production through to the end-of-life.
In this concept paper Toxics Link explores the following key questions In the day long workshop on 11 December,Toxics Link will bring together stakeholders from all over the world to discuss the existing take back modelsto further explore these questions and with the help of national and international experts come up with possible options for India. Key questions: 1. What kind of Take back system will work in India 2. How do we decide the scale of such collection system 3. Do we need to have different models for different product groups 4 How to gather the right data to monitor and improve the take back system