Well, folks, after all the waiting and media hoopla, the Apple iPad has finally been unveiled. But just how "green" is this new gadget?
Matthew Wheeland at Grist has expressed skepticism on this. While the iPad has been touted as being made without a lot of the nastier chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury, BFRs (brominated flame retardants) and PVCs (polyvinyl chlorides), it is still an electronic gizmo.
And even if it is "highly recyclable" (whatever that means), you still have to consider the sketchy quality of electronics recycling. I've blogged previously on that problem.
Plus, when you come right down to it, will the iPad really be useful in itself? Does it replace what we already have or merely add to it?
Wheeland believes the latter to be the case. If that's true, I don't care how recyclable the iPad is. You can make it out of dirt and straw, if you like, but if it's just a gadget without a lot of new or independent value, doesn't that make it a less than sustainable product?
I mean, really . . . just what we needed. More stuff.
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