Apple Criticized for Toxic Chemicals in Smartphone Sweatshops

March 15, 2014 by  
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Apple is known for its sleek design and pristine stores. Engaging with Apple products feels like stepping into the future, so why is the company’s treatment of workers stuck in the Stone Age? Apple employs around 1.5 million people within supplier factories in China, and on a daily basis these workers are exposed to a slew of toxic chemicals . Some of the substances are known carcinogens and reproductive toxins, while others are completely untested, and could carry all sorts of health consequences for the people feeding our smartphone addiction. Green America in partnership with The Nation and China Labor Watch have launched a new “Bad Apple” campaign protesting the appalling factory practices at Apple. Follow the link below to add your name to the petition. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple factories , apple workers , Bad Apple , chinese factories , Green America , Inhabitots , smartphone sweatshops , toxic chemicals        

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Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

December 7, 2012 by  
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Apple photo from Shutterstock Apple lovers will soon be able to buy Mac computers produced in the United States. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, one of the existing lines of Macs will be produced In the U.S. next year thanks to the investment of $100 million. The company will move some of its production from China, forging new agreements with domestic contract manufacturers . Like most consumer electronics companies , Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. Cook pointed out that the assembly is just a part of the overall manufacturing process, as most of the cost lies in buying chips, many of which are made in the U.S. In his talk with Bloomberg , Cook stated that the production would include more than just final assembly. Machining of cases and printing of circuit boards could be done in the U.S. The company and its manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group have been largely criticized this year over working conditions at the Chinese facilities where Apple products are currently assembled. According to Carl Howe, an analyst with Yankee Group, Cook’s goal is to buy goodwill from U.S. consumers, and createf high-value PR for the company. The news came a day after Apple posted its worst stock drop in four years, which again rose 1.5 percent after the announcement. Via Bloomberg and Phys.org

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Apple and Foxconn Commit to Improving Safety and Working Conditions in China

March 30, 2012 by  
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This morning, Apple and Foxconn pledged to reduce working hours, eliminate labor violations and illegal overtime, boost safety and improve housing for the 1.2 million workers in China who make iPads and iPhones. The announcement comes hours after Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese government officials to discuss trademark issues and labor rights. Read the rest of Apple and Foxconn Commit to Improving Safety and Working Conditions in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple CEO , apple labor , chinese factories , chinese labor , Fair Labor Association , foxconn , iPad , ipod , labor rights , Steve Jobs , tim cook

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Starbucks Admits Its Strawberry Drinks Are Colored with Crushed Parasitic Beetles

March 30, 2012 by  
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Starbucks recently found itself in hot water when news that the red dyes used in their strawberry drinks contained  cochineal , a coloring made from crushed parasitic beetles . The ingredient has turned more than a few stomachs as it’s unfriendly to vegetarian customers, carries a few negative health impacts of its own, and ranks incredibly high on the “eww” factor scale. Starbucks’ Strawberries and Creme Blended Drinks and Strawberry Smoothies were cheerfully touted as vegan in the past — if one opts for them to be made with soy milk — but their “natural” dyes will now cause many to reconsider. Read the rest of Starbucks Admits Its Strawberry Drinks Are Colored with Crushed Parasitic Beetles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial dyes , beetle dye , carmine color , cochineal dye , food allergies , natural coloring , red dye , starbuck pink dye , starbucks , starbucks bug dye , starbucks frappuchino , starbucks smoothie , strawberries and creme , vegan drinks , vegetarian food

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Fingerings: Judith Braun Draws Amazing Carbon Wall Art With Just Her Fingers

March 30, 2012 by  
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It may be hard to believe but artist  Judith Braun creates these breathtaking works of art using just her fingers dipped in charcoal. Since 2004, Braun has been working on her simple but beautiful series “Fingerings”, an ongoing project in which she uses walls as canvases to explore liberating, improvised strokes with her hands. Braun freely expresses herself with gestures and movements recorded in carbon – without creating waste and excess. Read the rest of Fingerings: Judith Braun Draws Amazing Carbon Wall Art With Just Her Fingers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon art , carbon finger paintings , charcoal finger drawings , eco-art , finger painting , fingerings , green art , judith braun , minimal materials , minimalist art , temporary artwork

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