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It’s not easy being an EZ-D anymore
Daily Texan: In order to fight the production of these DVDs, The Texas Campaign for the Environment mailed 1,200 postcards to Disney protesting this product and staged demonstrations at retailers.
Report: Poison PCs and Toxic TVs
The National Computer TakeBack Campaign (now the Electronics TakeBack coalition) released this national report which documents the extent, the environmental impact and cost of the electronic waste problem.
Breast milk study finds chemicals
Austin American-Statesman: Armed with two studies showing elevated levels of fire retardants in the breast milk of American women, including some Austinites, a Texas environmental group called for a ban on the chemicals Tuesday.
Dell changes recycle vendors
Austin American-Statesman: Stung by mounting criticism for using federal prison labor to recycle computers, Dell will begin using other recycling contractors instead.
Report: Toxic Sentence
This report from the Computer TakeBack Campaign highlights the prison labor and dangerous working conditions of computer manufacture in the early 2000s, and the environmental justice impacts of the computer product life-cycle.
Dell Computers’ recycling efforts raise labor concerns
KPFT News Houston: Texas Campaign for the Environment, an Austin-based group sent protesters dressed in prison uniforms to Dell”s recycling events in Dallas and Houston.
Computer maker becomes friendlier to critics and the earth
Dallas Morning News: Activists no longer characterize Dell as an uncaring corporate monster. Instead, they say, Dell has become one of the pioneering manufacturers leading the industry to a universal plan for recycling hazardous electronic waste.
High-tech junk on lawmakers’ agenda
Houston Chronicle: In Texas, throwaway technology could become a thing of the past. New legislation would make it illegal to toss a Dell into a dumpster or incinerate an IBM.
Dell flunks environmental test
Austin Business Journal: The Computer Take-Back Campaign, a coalition of environmental and community groups of which the Texas Campaign for the Environment is a member, gave Dell a failing score of 28 percent out of 100.
Bush’s Christmas Stocking: Burning Coal?
Austin Chronicle: Environmentalists managed to score one victory while losing another.