Simple Worldwide is an environmentally conscious company committed to staying aligned with the environmental directives and "green" policies being implemented worldwide. This includes the expanding lead-free initiative, the European ELV Legislation, the WEEE Directive, the RoHS Directive, as well as the forth-coming environmental policies from Japan and China. See Simple’s Environmental Policy Statement.
Environmental Issues Facing the Electronics Industry
The electronics industry faces diverse environmental issues in the face of various worldwide legislative measures seeking to reduce the environmental impact of electronic products and manufacturing processes. A growing number of nations and states have passed or are considering legislation and regulations, which would severely impact the ability of the electronics industry to ship and sell its products globally. The industry's overall goal is to proactively develop programs to reduce the environmental impacts of these products and manufacturing processes throughout their entire life cycle—from design through use to end of life.
European Union Directives
In an effort to minimize the risks and the impact on the environment and human health, the European Union (EU) has passed new directives and legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances including use, treatment and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The legislation will affect all companies that use electronics in their products. Affected products include household appliances, IT and communications equipment, lighting, electrical and electronic equipment, toys, sports equipment among others.
Countries exporting electronics and IT hardware products to the EU may have their products rejected, if they do not comply with the standards. Many leading electronics component manufacturers have already started modifying their processes to manufacture lead-free and hazardous materials-free products.
Introduced in 1998 by the European Union, WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a directive (law) that bans the selling and/or import of all electronic/electrical equipment containing lead interconnect by January 1, 2004.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is one of the largest known sources of heavy metals and pollutants in the waste stream. The producer (the OEM whose name is on the product) will be responsible for recycling the product at the end of its life.
Adopted by the EU on June 13, 2000, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is a European Union initiative to ban * six hazardous materials including lead and mercury from electronic products by July 1, 2006.
* Cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), as well as lead (Pb)
Products sold in the EU after July 2006 must contain less than a maximum concentration value of 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). However, 0.01% by weight in homogeneous materials for cadmium shall be tolerated.
Passed into European law in October 2000, the ELV (End of Life Vehicles) directive is aimed at the prevention of waste from vehicles and, in addition, at the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of end-of-life vehicles and their components to reduce the disposal of waste in the European Union. This directive only applies to automotive vehicles, including their components and materials.
Getting Information on Compliant Products
Simple Worldwide is sensitive to environmental issues and is committed to working with our manufacturers and suppliers to bring you information on lead-RoHS and Lead (Pb)-Free compliant products. Access product information from:
Manufacturer's Web Site
•Go to Simple Worldwide List of Manufacturer’s and link directly to the Manufacturer's Web site. Choose a Manufacturer from the list and click their link.