There is lots of bad practice in the e-waste industry. We think that many manufacturers who make e-products need cleaning up. There’s far too much waste to start with, much of it ends up in the wrong place, very little is reused and even if it is recycled, it’s often not done very efficiently. We’re planning award schemes for eco-design, an accreditation scheme for waste companies and incentives to businesses to dispose of their e- waste responsibly.



We want consumers and businesses to rethink their approach to e-waste. Using toxic materials is environmentally destructive and design for disposability has led to a throwaway culture that is supremely wasteful. We will be encouraging innovation that reduces waste and reuses equipment wherever it makes sense to do so.


  • We’ll promote good practice in waste suppliers
  • We’ll give consumers and businesses tips on how to make the most of their e-waste
  • We’ll create new markets for reused products within the UK
  • We’ll set up training for reuse and recycling of e-waste in developing countries

We think that many manufacturers
who make e-products need to
clean up their act

Bamboo SmartPhone

Described as ‘weighing half as much as the iPhone’, a 23-year-old design student from Middlesex University is to launch a mobile phone made largely from bamboo.

Very PC

VeryPC has spent the last five years producing environmentally friendly computers, but its latest machine, the Broadleaf, is being touted as its greenest PC yet.


Recompute aims to be a L.I.P. or Low Impact product. This means it has been designed to reduce the environmental impact throughout its life, from manufacturing to ownership and disposal

Water Powered Radio

The man who helped turn the Wind-Up Radio into a global success in the 1990s has invented a radio that is powered by the motion of water flowing into a shower, using micro turbine technology.