RoHS2 Deadline Upon Us

The deadline for RoHS2 has come and gone, and manufacturers are still working to get in step. Two years ago, the European Union extended the timeline for the elimination and restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, which it had set more than a decade ago. At that time, the Restriction of Hazardous…

The Heart of Responsible E-Waste Recycling

Electronic equipment can represent a serious threat to the environment, and the population, if disposed of incorrectly. E-waste is the fastest growing segment of waste in the industrialized world. It annually demands as much transportation as a line up of delivery trucks halfway around the planet. Recycling your devices helps you keep your house and…

A Guide to Greener Electronics

When Greenpeace released a global Guide to Greener Electronics last November, it carried a refreshing surprise: Wipro, the Bangalore-based electronics company, made a grand debut, taking the No. 1 position. Having previously been featured in a local edition of the guide, Wipro earned 7.1 out of 10 points to become the world leader in the…

More Manufacturers Recycle Their Electronics

Most of the hardware products we consume today are engineered with an end-of-life (EOL) in mind, and that has led to more recycling options. The estimated EOL for mobile phones, for instance, is three years for most manufacturers, although this seems to be rapidly changing with earlier updates released each year. Obviously, this has an…

Conflict Minerals Compliance Offers Opportunities

Some say you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Consultants that advise companies on regulatory compliance tend to disagree. Most companies that have to comply with the US Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals rules see them as a hassle and an expense. PricewaterhouseCoopers says conflict minerals compliance contains hidden business…

Why Your Customers Favor Recycling

My computer will be two years old in September. I believe that's a good age for an upgrade, so I began thinking of recycling options. Here's what I found out. This process began just after I dove into the subject of recycling in my supply chain blog last week and concluded that it's time for…

The Supply Chain Must Embrace Recycling

The supply chain must develop a competitive strategy to cope with recycling the electronic devices we use at work and at home, which — as we all know — are loaded with toxic material. These toxins contribute to the contamination of the environment and affect our health. The implications of recycling have global consequences and…

The Future of Clean Manufacturing in the US

What does it take for a nation to become the home of supply chain and manufacturing practices that include minimal waste and prevention practices? Improving supply chain and manufacturing methods, and educating consumers to demand greener electronics, and also less packaging is a good start for any supply chain wishing to contribute responsibly to a…