Benzene and n-hexane are the two most-harmful chemicals which are considered to cause cancer and nerve damages, and these are the main component used in the Apple’s iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Mac computers — until now. Apple biggest authority announced on Wednesday that they are going to ban the use of these two component (Benzene, n-hexane) in the final assembly of all its product. Apple took for the sake of its factory workers who make their gadgets.
As we all know that both the chemicals are potentially hazardous, so for the sake of its factory worker apple conducted a survey at 22 factories and noticing that they did not endanger any of the 500,000 workers at these plants. From all of its factories, those two hazardous chemical was only found at four of the plants with minimum safety levels which can be dangerous for Apple’s factories workers.
The appeal was made by two activist groups China Labor Watch and Green America five months ago to Apple to stop using the two chemicals. They marked benzene as being classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a risky carcinogen that can cause harmful diseases like leukemia and other blood disorders, and in this n-hexane is connected with nerve damages.
But Apple is going to allow those component to its early phase production of it’s devices, but it will lower the amount of use.
“This is doing everything we can think of to do to crack down on chemical exposures and to be responsive to concern,” Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives Lisa Jackson told The Associated Press. “We think it’s important that we show some leadership and look toward the future by trying to use greener chemistries.”
This all thing and ban come after Apple is being criticized for turning a blind eye toward labor violations eye toward labor violations in its supplier factories, containing long hours working time, low wages, and poor living standards. After this, all Apple is going to make it better and useful for its worker.