MP3 players and other digital entertainment devices may be causing the environment some stress today, but there's no reason they can't play a more positive role in the future. Here are three steps consumers and the consumer electronics industry can take to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Reuse, repair, recycle: The Consumer Electronics Assn. emphasizes these actions via its MyGreenElectronics Web site and educational campaign. Give old iPods to friends or relatives, replace a dead battery rather than buy a new device, and participate in local and corporate electronics recycling programs.

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