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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • shipbreaking and other extreme forms of recycling


    In response to Thesis Proposals, posted by Brian Lin,
    in the thread Thesis Proposals


    Brian, I am much more interested in the idea of creating products that protect the health of laborers working to dismantle old electronic devices and reclaim valuable raw materials than I am in the Tibet issue. I think that there are many interesting ideas raised here. I can really see how this business you describe of shipping old gadgets to asia, where low-wage workers then recycle them could take off, although I have to say that I never heard of it before. I know that there are thriving markets for scrap metals, and that large objects, like ships, are often cut up by laborers in very dangerous conditions. This is known as shipbreaking, and it is a growing industry in the developing world. I think that you are going to have to produce some sources and a bibliography that lists citations that you can use to support your claims; otherwise, we have to take your word for it.

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