As people around the world grow increasingly dependent on technology, it’s hardly surprising that hardware companies are doing everything they can to churn out products to meet the demand. However, a new report has revealed what many have undoubtedly suspected: that the environment isn’t necessarily a priority for some manufacturers.
On October 3, the consumer reference website HealthyStuff.org released the results of a study conducted at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Scientists at the facility reportedly tested 36 different mobile phones for potentially hazardous materials including lead, mercury and bromine, among others. Every phone tested was found to contain at least one harmful substance.
“These hazardous substances can pollute throughout a product’s life cycle,” the press release states. “[Contamination can occur] when the minerals are extracted, when they are processed, during phone manufacturing and at the end of the phone’s useful life.”
The experts at the Ecology Center were largely concerned about the impact that these toxins will have an the environment, rather than on the consumers who operate these phones regularly. The real danger, according to the report, is when the compounds leach out during production or after the phones have been thrown out.
This concern has proven to be justified, since the source explains that the land in areas where these products are created and disposed has been found to be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more polluted with hazardous waste.
While the researchers have not indicated that anyone is put at risk by physically using a cellphone, this report still indicates that people are exposed to harmful chemicals more often than they may think. That’s why the Longevity Centres of America offers detoxification services including IV chelation and infrared therapy to rid the body of such substances.