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2 Toxins Banned from iPhone and iPad Production

By Fredrica Syren:

Apple has made big announcements about how they are taking steps towards going green lately. So, when two activist groups —China Labor Watch and Green America—pressured them to investigate the use of the hazardous chemicals benzene and n-hexane during the final production stage of their devices in overseas factories, they complied. This potentially could save workers from permanent damage.

No toxins in apple productionApple conducted a four-month investigation but did not find that their roughly 500,000 workers had been affected. Even so, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives, Lisa Jackson, did announce that they have made a decision to ban these two chemicals from iPhone and iPad creation, thereby taking a small step towards greener and safer production practice. In an interview with the Associated Press, Jackson said, “We think it’s really important that we show some leadership and really look toward the future by trying to use greener chemistries.”

Benzene is known to cause acute and long-term adverse health effects and diseases, including cancer and aplastic anemia. Ingestion of and other exposure to –n-hexane can cause nausea, vertigo, bronchial irritation, intestinal irritation and even nerve damage. Sadly, Apple is not unique in using these harmful chemicals: they also are used in the production of electronic products sold by other large technology companies. There are more than 42 million tons of Benzene produced annually world wide.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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