Thursday, April 17, 2008

Guiyu, China: An environmentally friendly nightmare

Check out this article about the town of Guiyu in China, a centre for recycling of electronic waste.

Here in the UK we hear so much about the environment and 'going green', but little attention is paid to what actually happens to the waste we send abroad to be recycled. A case of out of sight, out of mind?

This is a mess. In Guiyu, China, the electronics recycling industry has destroyed the ground water and lead poisoning is effecting young children due to the overall mess created by this lucrative sweatshop industry. Money is money, however, and we should start talking with our wallets to the fools and damn fools who churn out piece after piece of quickly obsolete electronics. I don’t know the answer to this problem, friends, but fully recyclable electronics is definitely a start.

Follow the links for some shocking photos and a multimedia presentation.


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