1. To educate the public, and especially youth, about the global challenge presented by electronic waste (“e-waste”);
2. To support efforts to meet the global challenge presented by e-waste;
3. To work with manufacturers to build electronics from materials that do not harm any form of life, and are designed to be easily broken down and completely re-used at the end of their lifecycles;
4. To advocate for practices designed to neutralize the carbon footprint of electronics throughout their lifecycles;
5. To limit our electronics purchases, and to use our electronics until they stop working;
6. To protect and safeguard all forms of life by managing our e-waste responsibly;
7. To transport our e-waste safely, in a carbon-neutral manner, and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws;
8. To re-use, repair, salvage, and recycle our e-waste in accordance with the highest ethical and international standards, even when these standards exceed the requirements of our local, state, and federal laws;
9. To protect all private data and information within the devices we collect, and to arrange for complete data destruction by our downstream processors;
10. To stop our e-waste from being tipped into landfills or incinerated as solid waste;
11. To prevent our e-waste from being dumped in developing countries;
12. To make sure that our electronics are manufactured and processed without child or prison labor;
13. To encourage educational institutions, corporations, and governments to support the creation of educational curricula, programs, and incentives designed to encourage “Green Chemistry” in order to promote the discovery and use of molecules, materials, and compounds that do not harm life;
14. To patronize manufacturers who agree “take back” their electronics at the end of their lifecycles and process them in accordance with the principles in this Code of Ethics;
15. To employ only those electronics recyclers and downstream processors who meet the standards in this Code of Ethics;
16. To employ, when necessary, site visits, independent audits, or other mechanisms to verify that our electronics are manufactured, re-used, repaired, recycled, and processed in accordance with the principles herein;
17. To support the passage of legislation requiring that every manufacturer, handler, transporter, and recycler of used electronics meet the highest ethical and international standards;
18. To share our knowledge about the challenge of e-waste with our families, friends, classmates, colleagues, neighbors, customers, suppliers, employers, and elected representatives.
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