Electronics environmental impact

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US dollars spent on consumer electronics

In the world, this year

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Electronics can contain brominated flame retardants...
that are toxic and hormone disrupting. They build up in our bodies and have been found in people all over the world. See more on electronics environmental impact below.

Top 5 facts about consumer electronics

1

We love electronics

In fact, we spend 700 billion US dollars on consumer electronics in the world every year - that's 120 dollars for everyone on Earth. And the number is growing…


2

Electronics require natural resources

Take telephones. These are made from as many as 42 different minerals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, aluminum, beryllium, copper, gold, limestone, silica, silver, and wollastonite. The average PC requires 240 kilos of fossil fuels and 22 kilos of chemicals to produce.


3

Electronics are filled with bad stuff

Brominated flame retardants are toxic and hormone disrupting - and commonly used in electronic products. They build up in our bodies and have been found in people all over the world.


4

...With alarming consequences

Exposure to extremely small doses of brominated flame retardants at critical stages in our lives can damage reproductive systems and cause deficits in, for example, learning and coordination skills.


5

What to do?

Solutions include electronic products without toxics that are designed for upgrade, reuse, and recycling. “Extended producer responsibility” implies that producers take responsibility for the whole life-cycle of products.



Consumer electronics

According to the International Chemical Secretariat, 700 billion US dollars worth of consumer electronics are bought every year. Consumer electronics include electronic equipment intended for everyday use. Consumer electronics are most often used in entertainment, communications and office productivity. Some products classed as consumer electronics include personal computers, telephones, MP3 players, network media tanks/mediaplayers, audio equipment, televisions, calculators, GPS automotive navigation systems, digital cameras and playback and recording of video media such as DVDs, VHSs or camcorders.


We love electronics

Electronics require natural resources

Electronics are filled with bad stuff

...With alarming consequences

What to do?

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