Our laptops and smart phones have a terrible ecological footprint

Charli Shield discusses the environmental impact of our electronic equipment in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Currently only 17.4 % of our electronic equipment is formally collected and recycled. Any good suggestions how we change this?   The invisible waste behind our laptops and smartphones We tend to focus on household garbage as … Continue reading Our laptops and smart phones have a terrible ecological footprint

Record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste dumped globally last year, says UN report

A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years. Worryingly, just 17.4% of the world's discarded electronics was recycled. Damian Carrington discusses the report in an article on The Guardian website. Surely these trends are not sustainable. What are your views?   $10bn of precious metals dumped each … Continue reading Record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste dumped globally last year, says UN report

Our throwaway society is unsustainable

Unrepairable phones and laptops are one of the scandals of our throwaway society. But the pushback is building – and the coronavirus crisis has added more pressure for change. John Harris explains in an article on The Guardian website.   Planned obsolescence: the outrage of our electronic waste mountain ‘Imagine you showed someone a smartphone … Continue reading Our throwaway society is unsustainable

Start-up makes products from waste materials, then ensuring they’re recyclable when consumers have finished with them

Can you imagine that the gold medals at this year’s upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo will be made from e-waste?  Well, they will be.  Alex Lawson writes in the London Evening Standard about a business venture about closed loop manufacturing.  What are your views? The duo using waste to take the climate change fight upmarket … Continue reading Start-up makes products from waste materials, then ensuring they’re recyclable when consumers have finished with them

Smart devices and the challenge for recycling

E-waste is a global problem, while the mining of fresh resources for electronics leaves devastation in its wake. And yet, the more cutting-edge our devices, the harder they are to recycle. Greg Norman discusses the issues in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Smart devices score poor marks on recycling Tucked away inside … Continue reading Smart devices and the challenge for recycling