Elizabeth Grossman talks about High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins, and Human Health
The Digital Age was expected to usher in an era of clean production, an alternative to smokestack industries and their pollutants. But as environmental journalist Grossman reveals, digital may be sleek, but it's anything but clean. Deep within every electronic device lies toxic materials that make up the bits and bytes. - Book Passage
Elizabeth Grossman is the author of Watershed: The Undamming of America, Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail and co-editor of Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion.
Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Nation, Orion, The Seattle Times, and the Washington Post. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
An interesting talk about electronic waste. Rarely thought about, but increasingly growing as electronic production and dependence does equally. It is surprising how many chemicals and toxins go into the production of computer parts from chips to monitors. Ironically enough, large corporations are the biggest contributers to electronic waste recycling.