Green Materials Matter to Gadget Buyers

Energy efficiency is just one of the attributes that eco-minded consumers evaluate when shopping for electronics. Gadget makers are discovering that the material composition of devices is starting to matter to buyers. Toxicity is an important factor, but lately attention is also being drawn to where materials are sourced. Take, for instance, "conflict minerals." They are fast becoming the electronics industry's blood diamonds, a resource that manufacturers with a modicum of corporate social responsibility won't want to touch with a 10-foot pole.…

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