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iPhone Factories using Benzene in China

Factories in China that are producing Apple iPhones as well as other products are using benzene and other poisonous chemicals in their manufacturing, and it’s allegedly making the workers sick. In a new documentary titled “Complicit,” Yi Yeting is featured. He traveled from his home in rural China to to Shenzhen, a city close to the Hong Kong border, where he was hired as a worker in a large state-owned manufacturing company. Two years later, at the age of 24, Yi was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors confirmed the disease was due to his daily extended exposure to benzene at his job. Yi ... Read More

Apple Removes Benzene from Assembly Process

Apple was the focus of concern due to its use of specific chemicals in its manufacturing process, particularly benzene and n-hexane. Benzene is a clear, colorless liquid with an odor similar to gasoline. Workers in oil refineries, chemical plants, and foundries can be exposed to high levels of the chemical. It is highly flammable, and is a chemical to which we’re exposed on a daily basis through gasoline and car exhaust. Although it evaporates easily, it can still be inhaled through vapors and can be absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposure to benzene even in low concentrations is linked to serious blood disorders, anemia, leukemia and other ... Read More