Electronics

TVs (389 x 199)Electronic gadgets – computers, TVs, phones, cameras, audio, etc  often form a significant part of our carbon footprints.  Particularly from the footprint of their manufacture and sale – and their electricity consumption. There’s also big concern about worker exploitation and environmental damage in producing their raw materials, their manufacture and recycling.

So let’s minimise what we buy new, look after it to keep it going and, when we’re finally finished, pass it on or recycle it well.       Also see our page on general Consumption & Waste and Circular Cambridge and its directory.

Footprints

Apple’s Environmental reports  Carbon footprints of their main products
Dell product Carbon Footprints of some products
Cuts in Carbon emmissions” challenged by experts  BBC

Background  Info

The Story of Electronics  8 min video:  FAQs,   Annotated Script
Samsung coughs up £55m for cancer-stricken workers  The Register
Apple Turnover George Monbiot article on Apple’s 19th Century ethics
Most Electronics manufacturers are similar to Apple in these ways!

Campaigns

The Restart Project  electronics repair practicalities & UK campaigns
Mining for our minerals   Global Witness
CoolProducts European NGO Coalition campaigning for ecodesign
Electronics Watch campaigns for labour rights in the global electronics industry
People & Planet’s Sweatshop Free electronics campaign with Electronics Watch
Good Electronics international network on human rights & sustainability in electronics

Repairs

Repair Cafés offer free meetings to repair things together.  Cambridgeshire ones
iFixit has DIY repair guides, good campaigns, as well as flogging you tools etc
Circular Cambridge Directory has a great listing of local repair businesses

Buying New Electronics

Greenpeace International Green gadgets report
Sust-IT  for energy consumption figures and advice
Which  good product reviews: £1 for a 1 month trial.  
Fairphone
 
  “A seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first”
Smartphone repairability guide from iFixit
Wanted: an ethical tablet advice from Jack Schofield on the Guardian