Thursday, 30 December 2010

How much blood did your new gadget cost?

Gadgets & Gizmos

As you zip around with your new gizmos and gadgets, you probably don’t think about the minerals it consumes or runs on. Yet whichever company made the gadget, it probably utilizes tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold, all of which are excavated in the Congo where the proceeds support the country's blood-spattered war.

Major supply companies claim the source chain is impractical to follow because thousands of businesses involved in the chain leave little or no paperwork.

Why do manufacturers use minerals from the Congo

Manufacturers use minerals from the Congo because they cost only a fraction of those mined in other countries - due to availability of minerals, lack of control and low-cost workforce. This leaves consumers unable to determine whether their gadgets are subsidising warfare half a world away.

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