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New toxic-free computer released in India | Greenpeace International

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This computer, free of both PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and BFRs (Brominated Flame Retardants) is a step in the right direction by consumer electronic company Wipro.

The presence of BFRs in commercial electronics led to gaping exemptions in the listing of two types of BFRs at the last conference of Stockholm Convention (COP4). The Stockholm Convention addresses the international risks of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), including infamous pesticides like DDT.  Two commercial mixtures of BFRs, known as pentaBDE and octaBDE, were also added to the treaty.  However, the EU raised concerns about how to manage products – such as cell phones, computers, and cars –containing these chemicals as they become waste.

Under the Stockholm Convention, wastes that contain POPs cannot be recovered, recycled, reclaimed or directly reused. The listing of pentaBDE and octaBDE was accompanied by an exemption that will allow their recycling to continue until as long as 2030.  Other parties resisted this loophole for recycling of POPs chemicals and expressed deep concerns about the possible dumping of POPs‐containing products in developing countries.  To help prevent this, the amendment restricts exports of such products for recycling if they are not allowed for sale in the exporting country.

For more information on COP4, please see:
CIEL Press Release from COP4
CIEL Chemicals Program
IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network)

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