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Do the children in Guiyu cry dioxin tears?

Just in case you haven't seen this elsewhere (or on TV), check out the 60 Minutes episode about E-waste in Guiyu... and then consider where your e-waste is going to go when you decide to "upgrade". Maybe that phone/tv/computer/gadget can last a little longer? Maybe you could try to *gasp*, FIX it? Now try and find someone to repair it... that's the first hurdle and trust me, it's a HUGE one! Probably the "greenest" job you could make for yourself would be repairing things that would otherwise end up in the trash.

Which reminds me, The Green Festival is coming to San Francisco this Fri, Sat and Sun and I plan to attend. I'll let you know how it goes and what I find out. I PRAY I don't see any single use water bottles there for sale.


Laura said...

Isn't it ironic that we are all communicating and exchanging green tips on computers that will most likely end up being burned and basically swallowed by people over seas? And then eventually us?
On bad days it makes me cry and want to give up. On good days it makes me want to go all GreenPeaceRenigadeTake BacktheWorld.

nollij said...

The irony is not lost on me Laura. I've been doing my best to make sure that my computers don't end up that way: I donate them to local schools and charities that reuse them or fix them up and give them away to people who can't afford them. I always elect to upgrade vs. buying new so I minimize my costs AND footprint. Ultimately, computer companies need to be held accountable for the cradle to grave cycle of what they produce so that they'll build safer cleaner computers!