• Apple Bans Use of Benzene and N-Hexane from iPhone Production Process



    Apple recently announced the ban of two potentially hazardous chemicals, n-hexane and benzene, from being used in factories during the final stages of iPhone production as a result from pressure from activist groups. According to a recent report from the Associated Press, the Cupertino California restricted the use of the chemicals in the production process and will potentially be saving workers from suffering from permanent damage.

    The tech giant reportedly made the move five months after a petition called for the company to stop using the chemicals as part of their production process. The petition was started by China Labor Watch and Green America, both of which brought media attention to the issue. The Cupertino California company conducted a four-month investigation into the issue after the petition surfaced and supposedly found that the chemicals didnít endanger any of the 500,000 workers building its products across 22 factories. Despite the study coming back disproving the petitionís claims, Apple has proceeded to remove the chemicals in order to appease the activist groups.

    For those of you who didnít know, benzene can cause leukemia and n-hexane is a neurotoxin which has been reported as causing nerve damage in some cases. Appleís use of the two chemicals gained attention from the media when Mike Daisey fabricated claims about workers being exposed to harsh chemicals while working in the supply chain. Furthermore, back in 2010, one of Appleís suppliers, Wintek, revealed that it had treated workers exposed to n-hexane after some of the workers threatened to sue over exposure to the chemical. During this time, it was reported that a number of workers were hospitalized for months as a result of being poisoned by exposure to the chemical.

    It should be noted that Apple isnít the only tech giant that utilized the two chemicals. Several other tech companies also face similar criticisms. Furthermore, small traces of benzene can even be found in products such as gasoline, cigarettes, paint, glue and many more. Regardless, petitioning has paid off as Apple listened and made the appropriate changes in its production process.

    Source: Associated Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Bans Use of Benzene and N-Hexane from iPhone Production Process started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Who cares as long as it doesn't effect us or the environment. It's their fault for taking these jobs and constantly smashing more facilities like these into that area that's already so smashed due to their overpopulation.
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by TDH Advocate View Post
      Who cares as long as it doesn't effect us or the environment. It's their fault for taking these jobs
      If they are the only jobs available, its take the job or starve. Every person & animal on the planet has the right to be protected from dangerous chemicals
    1. Jozelito617's Avatar
      Jozelito617 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TDH Advocate View Post
      Who cares as long as it doesn't effect us or the environment. It's their fault for taking these jobs and constantly smashing more facilities like these into that area that's already so smashed due to their overpopulation.
      Ur an *** for saying that comment...
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by TDH Advocate View Post
      Who cares as long as it doesn't effect us or the environment. It's their fault for taking these jobs and constantly smashing more facilities like these into that area that's already so smashed due to their overpopulation.
      What a great attitude! I'm sure the workers and their families care what happens to them around these chemicals. It's your fault for buying the products just as much as it's their fault for taking the jobs, because they have such great choices for employment opportunities there.

      Found someone new for my iggy list.
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      The Chinese could use some population control....
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheltons.iphone View Post
      The Chinese could use some population control....
      I love how easily offended people get. It's hilarious.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I'm curious... Why on earth are people mad about this? It's less people dead from a dangerous chemical. What's not to like?
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