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June 16, 2014

Toxins in our Technology

When we’re typing on our laptops and texting on our cell phones, it’s unlikely that we’re thinking about all of the harmful components that make up these devices. The average person chooses a phone or computer based on features such as style, size, what features it has, etc…but rarely do we think about what our electronics are composed of.

According to The Electronics TakeBack Coalition, “Over 1,000 materials, including chlorinated solvents, brominated flame retardants, PVC, heavy metals, plastics and gases, are used to make electronic products and their components–semiconductor chips, circuit boards, display panels, and disk drives.” When electronics are not properly taken care of at the end of their life cycles, these hazardous materials can harm the environment and those who come in contact with them. The health risks of these components, such as lead and mercury, can vary from anything including brain damage to kidney damage and even failure. As a result, it is imperative that we control our electronic waste.Toxic Technology

An easy solution to this issue is simply recycling your electronics! Vintage Tech has a number of collection sites throughout the nation as well as recycling events throughout the year. Give us a call at (877) 625-7945 to find a collection site near you. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay posted and to see when a Vintage Tech recycling event will be near your area. It’s our mission to reuse or recycle as many electronics as we can and with your help, we can keep these harmful toxins out of our environment.