Eric Lundgren is being sent to prison for making restore discs that allow people to fix old computers -- even though the software on those discs is available online for free! We must stand up to protect recycling and repair: We must #FREEmrGREEN!
Eric Lundgren is a social entrepreneur and environmentalist, starting his first computer recycling company at the age of 16 in the small town of Lynden, Washington. Three years later, he moved the company to Los Angeles, and by the age of 19, Lundgren's company was recycling computers for Fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines worldwide.
It became clear to Lundgren that our electronics waste system was inefficient: Broken or obsolete electronics were simply being crushed and smelted destroying all the potential reusable value. While on a trip to Shenzhen, China, Lundgren was able to see a new type of electronic recycling process. Chinese recyclers were actually salvaging the working components within broken electronics to build new products. At the age of 23, Lundgren traveled to China and stayed for five years perfecting this new format of electronics recycling. After building some great partnerships and learning as much as possible; Lundgren returned back home and opened the first Hybrid Electronic Recycling Plant. He has even built the world’s longest-range electric car out of electronic waste, which set the world record for distance on a single charge.