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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Nano in My Neighborhood

December 17th, 2008

Today we released the findings of the Bay Area Nano Survey. Of the 129 companies that we surveyed, we received seven responses that were complete. Although we didn’t find out all the information that we requested in the survey, we did find out one thing – many companies are not willing to be transparent about …

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International Human Rights Day

December 2nd, 2008

This December 10th is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Day.

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A Look Back at Our 2008 Benefit

November 22nd, 2008

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) would like to thank sponsors, guests, and supporters for making our 2008 Benefit a success!

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60 Minutes Segment

November 11th, 2008

Last night’s CBS 60 Minutes segment was about electronic waste in China. They showed a film crew attacked by gangsters in Guiyu, China and reporter Scott Pelley incredulously referred to the village – a hub for illegal e-waste recycling – as “the most toxic place on earth.” The 60 Minutes crew captured scenes of women …

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Premier of SVTC and Chintan’s Documentary on E-waste and Labor in Delhi, India

November 6th, 2008

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has finished their journey to India and has brought back a wealth of knowledge and stories they would like to share with you! SVTC and Chintan created a documentary covering the electronic waste, recycling, dismantling, and labor in Delhi, India. The film, “Citizens at Risk: How toxics in computers poison the …

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The Solar and electronic industries are close cousins. Will solar industry adopt the same toxic ways?

October 30th, 2008

At the recent International Solar Power Conference held in San Diego, I tapped a guy on the shoulder and asked him if he was news reporter Robert Mullins, who I’ve met on a few occasions and who recently penned a piece covering the environmental issues of solar manufacturing (http://earth2tech.com/?s=cigs). “I am if it involves money,” …

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Photos from India

October 10th, 2008

Members of SVTC, Chintan, and Saahas at a meeting in India Serena, an SVTC intern, in India sipping from a coconut. Women in Bangalore, India, dismantling and processing electronic waste. A pile of electronic waste at a recycling facility in India. Binod (left) of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group and Luc (right) of GTZ. …

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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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Response to the GAO Report

September 18th, 2008

Groups have been reporting for years that electronic waste has been exported out of the United States and dumped in other countries. SVTC’s recent investigation is just one more piece of evidence. But probably one of the most damning pieces of evidence came out today with the report released by the U.S’s General Accounting Office …

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