What chemicals are in your Apple iPhone 5?
posted by Alan F. / Oct 04, 2012, 1:29 PM
According to iFixit, 130 million cellphones a year are discarded with only 8% recycled correctly. The rest end up in landfills or incinerators and heavy metals are thus leaked into groundwater or into the air. Some states ban electronics from being dumped in those locations, but 32 states don't have such a law. And as an example of what could happen, iFixit points to over 41,000 acres in Indiana that was contaminated after one firm dumped electrical equipment into a landfill. The contaminant in that case is linked to liver, thyroid, and immune diseases.
Motorola CITRUS. The rest of the models in that classification are the Apple iPhone 4S, LG Remarq, Samsung Captivate, the Apple iPhone 5 and the properly named Samsung Evergreen. The six phones on the bottom, those with "high concern" are the OG Apple iPhone, Palm m125, Motorola MOTO W233 Renew, Nokia N95, BlackBerry Storm 9530 and the Palm Treo 750. The rest of the devices in the middle of the pack are of "medium concern".
Looking at the Apple iPhone specifically, heavy metals like lead, chlorine and mercury can be detected throughout the device. Still, with a score of 2.75, it has almost half of the toxic chemicals ranking of the phone on the bottom of the list. Ironically, that model too is an Apple iPhone. The original model of the handset scored a 5.0.
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Ok.....now I am scared........
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 1:35 PM 7
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lol... iPhones cause cancer and shrink your b*lls...
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 1:36 PM 21
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That's right, keep telling yourself that.
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 1:47 PM 5
Judging from the number of units sold so far - Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), benzoylmethylecgonine (Cocaine) and MS Contin, MSIR, Avinza, Kadian, Oramorph, Roxanol, Kapanol (Morphine).
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 1:37 PM 7
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Wow, that's alot of iRadiation!!! Glad my DROID RAZR MAXX isn't on that death list!
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 2:00 PM 10
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Radiation is something else. All wireless devices release electromagnetic radiation (fancy for "radio waves"). As far as I know, they don't contain any compounds which release nuclear radiation (as in Uranium). These are toxic elements/compounds like lead and n-hexane. Side note: I kind of cringed when the article mentioned chlorine as a heavy metal. Chlorine is a nonmetal. It's a gas at room temperature.
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 5:19 PM 3
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I never thought that the GS3 would have more chemicals than the iphone :(
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 4:18 PM 0
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I for one, wish there were more toxic chemicals in the ifraud. Can't imagine how a world with fewer ifans, could be a bad thing :-)
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 5:30 PM 3
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Just about everything we use require some type of toxic material to manfacture. To clean and further aid in manufacturing are toxic/deadly industrial solvents. That airplane you flew in, the car you drove, the train you rode, the dslr you are using, and such is hazardous to our health. Try making something without certain chemicals in the matrix of a product and see how good it would last or operate. *shrugs* Pointless article in a consumer based society.......
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 6:22 PM 0
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And how much Carbon footprint for all these devices? carbon footprint by computing the footprint for each component that goes into the phone. So something like Aluminium has a much higher footprint as compared to Plastic/polycarbonate etc... Or Global warming was a farce?
posted on Oct 04, 2012, 7:06 PM 0
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