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Apple Bans Two Toxic Chemicals

For the first time, Apple has published its list of regulated substances for manufacturing.

Electronics factory in Shenzhen, China.
(Source: Steve Jurvetson)
Electronics factory in Shenzhen, China.
(Source: Steve Jurvetson)

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MDMConsult14
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8/18/2014 | 4:16:28 AM
Re: 4 years
It is great to see companies becoming more proactive in preventing toxic waste and biohazards. Even Miller Coors was mindful of its water distribution during the drought period in California. These are dangerous disaster areas and should be addressed in such ways.
stotheco
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8/17/2014 | 2:51:38 PM
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I'm glad as well. And can I say, perhaps it's about time, too! Sure, doing so and finding alternatives might raise costs--but there's no price you can put on health, really.
stotheco
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8/17/2014 | 2:45:51 PM
Re: 4 years
For minimum wages (or slightly more than that), workers at manufacturing plants risk their health day in and day out to put together the gadgets we hold in our hands. This is something to think about, specially the manufacturers who can do more to create a better, safer work environment.
zaious
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8/16/2014 | 2:08:15 PM
Re: 4 years
The workplace condition need to improved in manufacturing plants. It will be done in spet by step (like this one). Smililarly, we need to think abou the e-wastes. We are going to dump biliion handsets in next decade. We need a plan to deal with that, too.
danielcawrey
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8/16/2014 | 12:45:44 PM
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I'm just glad that they are trying to do something about this. 

Electronics manufacturing requires so many different components, and when we buy a new shiny object we are usually in awe. Thing is, we don't spend a whole of time thinking about the process that devices must go through to be built. Apple is raising awareness of that, which is the goal of these watchdog-type groups. 
soozyg
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8/16/2014 | 8:48:50 AM
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@Thomas a damp rag. That's funny.

I thought I heard about a year back that Apple was closing those plants down---or was that just the child labor places?
Thomas Claburn
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8/15/2014 | 7:20:27 PM
Re: 4 years
Particularly when you realize these chemicals are for cleaning. Maybe a damp rag would save a few lives.
Whoopty
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8/15/2014 | 12:02:40 PM
About time
There's been reports of horrific deaths and injuries at Apple manufacturing facilities for years, it's amazing it's taken as long as it has. Similarly Foxconn needs to be taken to task, as its breaches of human and worker rights have been apalling.

Hopefully as China becomes more and more dependant on western goods purchases, it will implement tighter labour controls to make its working environments safer, because as things stand it's government is letting a lot of people suffer for the sake of saving money. 
soozyg
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8/15/2014 | 10:11:41 AM
4 years
Even after the report came out, it took them four years to ban the chemicals. That seems awfully long, no?
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