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Review: High Tech Trash by Elizabeth Grossman

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High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins and Human Health
by Elizabeth Grossman
£12.67 from Amazon.co.uk

Every day in California, 6,000 computers become obsolete and are removed from use, and 6 million old televisions and monitors are estimated to be collecting dust in that state alone. While California is aberrant, it's a sobering indicator of the way our culture is going with overly-disposable electronics. High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins and Human Health deals with this topic in a very readable way, providing a good mix of anecdote and science, and includes dozens of URLs in the appendix on how you can recycle your own computer, mobile, television, or similar electronic device. This is increasingly vital information in the arsenal of any Hippyshopper... so you can guess, before the jump, that I recommend you scoot out and pick up a copy of this book.

High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins and Human Health

Reviewing scare-topic books is always difficult. There are many good books published on the topic of modern waste disposal, and the effects that high-tech chemicals have on the human body, so any fresh one has to be quite extraordinary to be worth picking up. Yet, I think High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins and Human Health is one of these. It explores the problems of exporting toxic waste to China and the Third World in accessible and gripping detail, and contains shocking statistics about the quantity of gadgets that get tossed every day. It also, unlike many scare books, has practical information about what you can do as an individual to reduce your impact, which is worth the price of admission by itself. [GT]

July 14, 2006 in Arts & information | Permalink

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As someone who lives and works in California, this is an issue that is of huge concern to me personally. Although I love technology, I feel strongly that we need to find a better way to dispose of or recycle our outdated or unwanted equipment. This is not an issue where tunnel vision or sticking our heads in the sand is going to work!

Posted by: panasianbiz | 18 Jul 2006 22:21:28

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