Groups protest chemicals used in iPhone

Mar 12, 2014

An environmental protection group and labor rights group are trying to pressure Apple into abandoning two hazardous chemicals used to make iPhones.

Green America and China Labor Watch launched their campaign Wednesday to protect the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The groups unveiled an online petition protesting the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones. Benzene is a carcinogen that can cause leukemia if not handled properly and n-hexane has been linked to .

Apple Inc. says it has already removed a long list of toxic chemicals and ensures all remaining comply with U.S. safety standards.

The protesting groups contend that it would cost Apple less than $1 per iPhone to come up with a safer manufacturing recipe.

Explore further: Apple monitors contractor after worker, 15, dies in China

More information: Online petition: www.bad-apple.org

Apple's supplier responsibility report: images.apple.com/supplier-resp… _Progress_Report.pdf

3 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Foxconn denies report of strike at iPhone plant

Oct 06, 2012

(AP)—Foxconn Technology Group said Saturday that production at its central Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones was continuing without interruption, denying a labor watch group's report that thousands ...

Apple reports labor, safety problems at suppliers

Feb 16, 2011

(AP) -- Apple Inc. says its audits found labor, safety and other abuses by its suppliers in 2010, though it praised Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn for saving lives through its handling of a spate of suicides at its factories ...

Recommended for you

Lenovo wraps up purchase of Motorola phone unit

4 hours ago

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.

Baidu profit up 27 percent as mobile grows

7 hours ago

Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.

Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

7 hours ago

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.

WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

8 hours ago

WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.