Green Biz, “Why consumer electronics giants are flunking toxic phaseouts”

Ten years ago, some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics industry — Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Samsung, Apple and others — made ambitious public pledges to phase out the worst hazardous substances from all products. With the exception of Apple, the latest Greenpeace “Guide to Greener Electronics” reveals that most of these companies largely have failed to live up to those pledges.

As a former project leader for the Greenpeace campaign to create solutions to the electronic waste crisis, I have some thoughts on what I believe can be learned from these long-term trends in the electronics sector and the implications both for companies making new sustainability commitments and those striving to ensure their commitments match the scale of the challenges ahead.

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