I am off later this afternoon to Think 08 sustainability event at the ExCel in east London (which I can just see through the haze across the River from where I live in south-east London) – where (time-permitting) I also hope to meet up with two or three fellow bloggers (see iSite post).
While on the subject of sustainability, there was a depressing article in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper on the toxic impact of old personal computers. It includes this excellent quote from Tony Roberts, founder of Computer Aid International – a charity registered with the Environment Agency as an official e-waste treatment company:
“When you look at the whole product lifetime of a computer 75% of the environmental damage is done before the computer is switched on for the first time. … It is the production, the mining, the factories producing the kit and the use of toxic materials – that is where the environmental damage is done.”