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Stop promoting e-Waste

    1. Petition by

      Sanjay Jain

      Washington, DC

You have probably seen Microsoft's recent television advertising campaign promoting new PC purchases. One ad shows a women reluctant to replace her 4 year old PC because she didn't need a new PC. Another campaign is giving away Xbox game systems to new PC buyers.

Microsoft is doing this so that people will start using Windows 7, it's latest Operating System. Microsoft has a history of products that force consumers to buy new equipment, but it has never been so blatant in asking people to replace their PCs.

We are all aware of the problems of e-Waste. Even when recycled, most equipment ends up in China where the "processing" is causing cancers in children. See 60-Minutes expose of the issue at: Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste


A typical PC, with the occasional hardware upgrade can last over ten years. Why replace it after only four years?

Microsoft's refurbished PCs page states: “Tens of millions of used computers, laptops, and servers that could otherwise be reused to extend their life are discarded each year by businesses, individuals, and organizations.”. And yet they are asking consumers to replace 4 year old PCs!

Please ask Microsoft to stop promoting e-Waste.

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    • Andrew Sutton HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Also, busineesses need to stop making products obsolete (apple's new ipad 2 which cannot be upgraded physically or have software updates...)

      Standards of compatibility need to prevail over proprietarization.

    • Vivian James DALLAS, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      With all the technology you think there would be better options of recycling the electronic waste.

    • Signe Westerberg LIVERPOOL, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      we're systematically killing our people and the planet... we have to stop! before it's too late.

    • Andrea Rosen WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      What are Apple, Microsoft, and Dell waiting for? Other manufacturers have already pledged to substitute less hazardous chemicals for the ones traditionally used, thereby sparing the environment and the e-waste recyclers from greater harm.

    • Jen Dowdy PADUCAH, KY
      • about 3 years ago

      I will not tolerate the hypocrisy of saying one is trying to reduce e-waste while at the same time promoting it as part of a "throwaway culture."


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