According to an article in Design News sister publication, EDN, Acer, Dell, HP and Sony Ericsson have joined with public interest organizations ChemSec, Clean Production Action and the European Environmental Bureau to call for an expansion of the European Union’s RoHS directive to ban the use of what they believe to be hazardous substances in consumer electronics from 2015 forward.
The alliance is specifically call for restrictions on all brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). RoHS already bans PBB and PBDE. The group notes that when BFRs and PVC are incinerated under recycling conditions, they form halogenated dioxins that are potent toxic chemicals.
Many consumer electronics manufacturers have voluntarily moved to remove BFRs and PVC from their products.