Computers, tablets and other IT products we use daily contain chemicals that are in many cases harmful to people and the environment. For instance, flame-retardants in plastics prevent the product from catching fire and phthalates are used to soften the insulation of the cables.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that electronics are more widely used than ever before.. Is it possible to turn the tide on e-waste?
In a new report released by the United Nations University, global electronic waste has reached record high levels. 41.8 metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2014, fuelling concerns about the growing risks to public health, resource conservation and the environment.