Avatar: 3-D images, 2-D message

January 20th, 2010

by Lauren Ornelas      As someone who has seen Avatar in both the 3D and non-3D, I can say without a doubt that the 3D version was much better.  However, when you hear about something called the “Avatar Effect” when discussing how some companies are looking to create 3D televisions you realize that maybe some missed the …

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May Day, is Anybody Listening?

May 1st, 2009

May 1st is International Worker’s Day….(and many times) workers aren’t considered ‘people.’ There is a maximum amount that people, meaning consumers, are allowed to be exposed to when it comes to toxics, but somehow that is different for workers – yup, as if their bodies somehow respond differently because they are working there….Workers are the first to be exposed.

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Clichés to Save the Day!

April 22nd, 2009

…a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, SVTC has launched our first ever video contest to start today, Earth Day, to draw attention to the devastating impacts that e-waste has on the environment and communities. We are eager to have creative individuals who care about this issue help create awareness.

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Response – DTV Switchover – TV Manufacturers

February 18th, 2009

For those of you haven’t heard, 681 of the 1,800 TV channels will stop broadcasting in analog next Tuesday, despite the legislative delay for June 12th, 2008….

I don’t see it as a political victory, but an attempt to postpone something that will darken the TVs of millions of people in the U.S. and cause a lot of electronic waste down the road.

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Good Jobs Green Jobs – Healthy Jobs?

January 29th, 2009

The opportunity to make a meaningful and immediate difference on the environmental impact of solar manufacturing, recycling, and labor conditions is really exciting. The solar crowd is full of people with good intentions for the environment and a genuine interest in the issues.

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Obama team to Push Back DTV Switchover?

January 13th, 2009

The Obama Transition team has encouraged Congress to delay the impending DTV switchover. After the initial shock (and relief) I was encouraged by what I read…

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Will Manufacturers Listen?

December 19th, 2008

Although I wasn’t surveyed for the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) new report, “Going Green: An Examination of the Green Trend and What it Means to Consumers and the CE Industry,” it speaks for me. www.twice.com According to the survey, “89 percent of households want their next television to be more energy efficient, and 53 percent …

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From Delhi to Hong Kong

September 23rd, 2008

It is still on hard to reconcile the differences between places like Delhi and Hong Kong. The high rises, smooth roads, and shopping malls are in stark contrast to the dusty, bumpy roads in India and the poverty. It felt good to look back on our trip to India and know that we not only …

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Giving hope, Investing in the People

September 5th, 2008

Yesterday we spent the day touring some of the locations where Chintan is doing on-the-ground work with waste pickers. The images of absolute poverty stay with me even when I close my eyes, but at least someone is really doing something about it. We first went with a man who goes to pick up waste …

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Delhi takes plastics seriously

September 4th, 2008

Delhi seems to take the issue of plastic bags seriously – so serious that even their street signs encourage people not to use plastic bags. The reason is, plastic bags are bad for the environment because plastic waste takes centuries to decompose. I would love to see the U.S. take this problem more seriously. Also, …

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