Electronics Power ButtonThe zeitgeist says we each have a dozen electronic devices in our home. That’s a per person estimate.

Beyond the gold and silver you might imagine in these toys and tools, you will also find beryllium, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants. And that ignores the chemicals currently required to produce these products.

Meanwhile, nearly half the states have passed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws requiring manufacturers to establish collection and recycling programs for their products. Perhaps they are onto something. Many of these companies are already taking their products back in Europe and Japan. And some are working to better design their products from a life-cycle perspective. What can we do to encourage even more action?

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