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Planning to buy a PC, laptop? Buy a green brand

Aug 14, 2007 03:44 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Lead, Mercury, Poly-vinyl chloride, and 14 other toxic chemicals are present in your harmless looking desktop. When you get rid of it in favour a new one, from the scrap dealer it finds its way to scrapyards producing thousands of tonnes of e-waste every year and exposing those who recycle it to a host of health hazards. And that is why - as a consumer - you should be in a position to make an informed choice. Greenpeace India has just brought out a guide ranking Indian IT companies on their commitment to deal with e-waste. And the results are not encouraging. The market leader - HCL - fares poorly on the scale of 1 to 10. Zenith and PCS rest at the bottom of this scale. And even despite website declarations of its green endeavours, the topper - Wipro - is only halfway there at 5.3, comparable to Apple - one of the lowest scorers globally. "The only way to deal with e-waste is for the manufacturer clean products, free from hazardous chemicals, with a longer lifespan, easy and safe to recycle,” says Toxics Campaigner, Ramapati Kumar. But while Indian manufacturers aren't taking the initiative, it's not like the government's stepping in either. While the European Union has banned the use of 17 toxic metals in the manufacture of electronic goods five years back, India is yet to bring out legislation to address e-waste.