Environmental Impact - digital vs traditional photography

Started May 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Environmental Impact - digital vs traditional photography
In reply to hotdog321, May 15, 2012

hotdog321 wrote:

You didn't mention one huge impact of film-based processing: the chemicals and heavy metals have a massive environmental and health impact. Silver recovery and used color, even black and white, chemistry from film and prints was nasty. Also, I used to make print after print after print getting an image "just right" back in the film days. I use far less material these days with dit.

Computers and electronics are replaced at an astonishing rate and most of them contain materials considered toxic waste. A 5 year old computer is essentially worthless and if improperly disposed of can leach chemicals like mercury into our water supply. It could be argued that we'd all have computers anyway, regardless of photography, but I am just saying digital is not terribly "green".

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