Apple blasted for toxic waste spewed by iDevice suppliers
'It's not easy being green,' Cupertino replies
Apple has come under blistering criticism after Chinese environmentalists accused Cupertino's Chinese partners of discharging toxic metals when manufacturing iPhones, iPads, and other must-have products.
In a 46-page report issued Wednesday, The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing said it documented illegal pollution coming from dozens of suspected Apple suppliers throughout China, according to news reports. The suppliers frequently fail to properly dispose of hazardous waste, it claimed.
“Apple has made this commitment that it's a green company,” Ma Jun, the director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs told The New York Times. “So how do you fulfill your commitment if you don't consider you have responsibility in your suppliers' pollution?”
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told the NYT Apple representatives aggressively monitor factories in its supply chain with regular audits.
“Apple is committed to driving the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply chain,” he said.
China = Lack of Regulation = Low Price to manufacture = Outsourced Jobs = Apple
Apple is only one of many environmentally pious, hypocritical manufacturers.
The plain cruel fact is that greedy manufacturers left the US and EU to go to foreign countries for the lack of environmental regulations and cheap labor.
Until US/EU quality environmental regulations are required worldwide (and enforced), manufacturers have no incentive to come back. Let's face it, China had to close down manufacturing and coal fired power production during the recent Olympics so the air quality was reasonable and it still looked like London in the late 1800's.
The only way to bring back good paying manufacturing jobs our respective countries is to institute an environmental tax along with a wage/benefit differential tariff on goods manufactured overseas.
The only thing these taxes could be used for is to support a competitor who will manufacture locally and abide by our regulations.
Our respective governments have done such a fine job managing their economy's that the wage/benefit differential tariff will probably be unneccessary.
Truth be told, it's LONG past time that we took matters into our own hands and changed the face of government forever. We do not work for them, they are supposed to be working for US and instead they only recognize their corporate campaign contributors.
PLEASE explain to me why any "contract" or legal obligation between the taxpayer and the government, implied or otherwise; would still be valid when our leaders have failed so miserably?
At the very least, they are guilty of theft of services; at most they are guilty of treason.
"... suspected Apple suppliers"
So, they don't actually know if these dastardly dumpers are supplying components to Apple? They just found dumpers and thought they'd get more profile if they included Apple in the accusation? (Well, they'd be right.)
These things don't appear out of thin air with zero impact.
Manufacture of electronic components (not just for computers) is and always has been fantastically, hazardously toxic.
But the sheer volume of these things now should have started to ring alarm bells years back. I guess as a species as long as something is shiny shiny we just suspend critical thinking.