Design for environment is a term that electronics buyers will be hearing more in the next three years because of European legislation that will ban the sale of electronics products that contain lead.
Earlier this year. the European Union passed the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) law that will ban the use of lead in equipment such as computers. cell phones and consumer electronics equipment sold in Europe. The ban goes into effect in July of 2006 although there are a number of exemptions such as lead in cathode ray tube (CRT) displays.