A Unanimous Decision

September 29th, 2010

So simple. As simple as any decent decision should be. No controversy. One that I honestly believe every individual, who does not seek to profit from abusing the environment and people, would agree. Yesterday, the Santa Clara County board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ensure that e-waste from our county is not dumped overseas to …

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The Irrational Rationality of E-Waste Dumping

August 27th, 2010

Really? That is my first reaction in reading the article “3 Reasons Why a Ban on E-Waste Exports is Wrong” by Eric Williams.  (Link) Williams’ hard to believe reasoning: 1.Trade bans have negative economic and social impacts by cutting jobs in the refurbishment sector and reducing supply to used market. His number one reason for …

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The FoxConn Suicides

August 18th, 2010

I am not sure how many readers of our blog have been following the situation at Foxconn in China where a number of workers have jumped to their death due to the fact that they are overworked and underpaid with deplorable working conditions. You can find the story here. Foxconn manufactures motherboards. I saw an …

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July 29th, 2010

Well, it was good, although shocking, to see in black and white that SVTC is not alone in noticing the dismal result of California’s e-waste law. We extend a huge thank you to the Sacramento Bee for their in-depth look at this problem.  What impressed me most was that the article started out with the …

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Creating Dependencies with Electronics Worker Slavery

July 2nd, 2010

Technology is a funny thing. As much as we crave the flexibility that it lends our lives, we don’t like the constant work and responsibility it brings.  Luckily, we can decide our dependence on it – by simply turning off our cell phone or not lugging our laptops around with us.  A report by the …

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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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Mike Anane Interview

August 12th, 2009

Ghanaian journalist, Mike Anane, began corresponding with SVTC in late 2008 about ewaste dumping in Accra. In our spring newsletter, Lauren Ornelas, our campaign director, interviewed Anane on the e-waste being shipped to Ghana under the guise of charity. Earlier this month, ABC TV visited the Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Ghana with Mr. Anane to document the very conditions Mr. Anane had …

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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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