Watchmakers Lead the Green Charge

Want a good example of an eco-friendly product? Look at your watch. The watch industry has been a leader in the environmental movement, producing products and using procedures that are environmentally responsible. For years, the primary environmental concern about watches was the silver-oxide batteries that power most quartz varieties (95 percent of all watches). They contain mercury, which can leak when a battery is replaced. The potential ecological impact of used batteries led to responsible watch technology. The original green timepiece is the mechanical watch, wound by hand or wrist motion. Mechanicals’ availability has increased greatly in recent years, but they’re still just 5 percent of all watches. Since the 1970s, however, research by Swiss and Japanese watchmakers has created two types of quartz watches with minimal impact on the environment: light- and motion-powe

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