02 Nov '11, 12pm

Green Blog: Into the Rubbish Bin, Toxic E-Textiles: Researchers argue that solutions for safe disposal of elect...

Green Blog: Into the Rubbish Bin, Toxic E-Textiles: Researchers argue that solutions for safe disposal of elect...

The growing practice of weaving electronics into the fiber of clothing could add to the already monumental challenge of e-waste disposal. Some fifty million tons of electronic waste already accumulate annually in “soaring mountains” of refuse, the United Nations says. United Nations University “Backyard recyclers” burn discards to extract trace materials in Ghana. As a Science Times article on wired textiles recently noted, electronic or “smart” textiles have electronics in the very weave of their fabric, enabling clothing to respond in various ways to the environment and to function as electronic devices, like mobile phones or heart-rate monitors. With their social and commercial promise, e-textiles are the focus of intense laboratory development and testing. Few laboratories, however, have designed prototypes with an eye toward safe disposal once the products have reache...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/02/into-the-rubbis...

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