06. 04. 2004
Toxic Computer Dust
Now I really want one of these USB Air Purifiers from Compact-Impact.
A new study by Clean Production Action and Computer Take Back found neurotoxic chemicals in the dust of every computer included in their testing. The worst offender was PBDE(polybrominated diphenyl ether), which is a widely used flame retardant that has caused health problems in lab animals. PBDEs aren't just in your computer dust either, they're all over most electronic devices and the levels are getting higher every year, especially in North America.
Becoming a Luddite is no solution, since the problem is global and unless you're prepared to create your own biosphere, you're unlikely to escape PBDEs. One way to help directly is to recycle your own electronics and urge companies and your local and federal government to do it more of it as well. Spreading the word about PBDEs is crucial so that corporations will feel some pressure to start phasing out the use of these toxic chemicals.
Read more from CNET.
Read the Executive Summary and the full report from Computer Take Back.