Computer users want greener machines

By Derek Sooman on June 26, 2006, 7:35 AM
Are you concerned about the damage to the environment that is being caused by the production process that brought your PC to you? If so, then you are not alone. A recent study by Ipsos-Mori for Greenpeace has found that consumers are willing to pay up to an extra 108 for a machine that contains fewer chemicals and is more environmentally friendly.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a massive problem affecting the entire world. Thirty million computers are thrown out every year just in the US, and about 70% of heavy metals in waste, such as lead and mercury, come from electronic waste. It is a problem that appears to not be lost on computer users, who are more than willing it seems to buy greener machines, even if they cost more. The study, conducted in nine nations, found for example that UK computer users were willing to pay an extra 64 ($117) and that Chinese users were willing to spend up to 108 ($197) for a greener machine.

Simultaneously, PC maker Dell has announced that it is to be eliminating key hazardous chemicals from the personal computers, laptops and other products it makes. They plan to eliminate the use of all brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in their products by 2009.

"Dell's decision to remove these harmful chemicals reflects a move within the electronics industry in the right direction to become cleaner." - Greenpeace International spokeswoman Zeina al-Hajj.




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canadian said:
But, how many people will say Screw being green, I want something cheap and damm powerful.
Phantasm66 said:
Laws should be introduced to force manufacturers to absorb the costs of making these products more environmentally friendly I think.
crossfire851 said:
I hate paying the recycling fee. I am going to hold on to my stuff for ever!!!
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Laws should be introduced to force manufacturers to absorb the costs of making these products more environmentally friendly I think.[/quote]If it turns out that biodegradable hardware only lasts a few years we're not going far...People want green machines, but throw their electronics in dumpsters...The mfg'ing should be greener, but the equipment should still be able to last.->People would need to learn to recycle them instead.
Phantasm66 said:
I've scarely thrown any computing hardware out. Almost all of it has found a new home somewhere.
Julio said:
[b]Originally posted by Phantasm66:[/b][quote]Laws should be introduced to force manufacturers to absorb the costs of making these products more environmentally friendly I think.[/quote]Agreed 100%. At least on a long-term plan (like Dell seems to be doing now), so this is taken care of progressively.
crossfire851 said:
I have thrown out a few DOA mobos and PSUs.*Hides for cover*
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