5 Ways You Can Reduce Your E-Waste Footprint Ahead Of International E-Waste Day This Week 😇 ♻️
Don't E-Waste Your Life Away 😅
If you're not aware, e-waste is the informal term for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life" - and they're a leading cause of pollution in 2020.
The Problem: Technology Makes The World Go Round.
Our devices have become essential parts of our daily lives. From the second our alarm sounds in the morning, to all the searching, streaming and scrolling in between. What happens when our devices get too old though?
We throw them away, right?
Most of our electronic devices are composed of a mix of chemicals and materials such as precious metals, which require mining that contributes to climate change.
It should come as no surprise then, that waste generated from the production of electronic equipment is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the European Union.
5 Ways You Can Make A Difference ♻️
Reducing the amount of devices in circulation can help to reduce the pressure on finite raw materials. Especially considering the problem of excess e-waste containing hazardous components. We can all play a part by doing the following:
#1 - Research the impacts of your choices. There's a wealth of information out there educating you on how you're harming and how you can help.
#2 - Re-consider purchasing secondhand. Pre-owned items can be significantly cheaper; good for the planet and great for your bank account!
#3 - Refuse to fall victim to marketing tactics encouraging unnecessary overconsumption and premature purchase of new devices;
#4 - Repair - if your device breaks, consider seeking out a shop specialising in repairs. Spending money o an all-new device is expensive & unnecessary.
#5 - Recycle devices which are beyond repair! Small electronic waste items such as coffee machines, chargers and laptops should all be recycled. Larger electronics like PC monitors and printers can be taken to a Civic Amenity site. You can also simply call your respective Local Council to set up a date for the collection of your old tech.
Bonus - What Should I Do With My Electronic Discards?
Reduce your generation of e-waste through the purchasing of dismantlable, repairable and upgradeable products.
Reuse still functioning electronic equipment by donating or selling it to others.
Recycle products that cannot be repaired. Computer monitors, televisions and other electronic equipment should NOT be disposed of with regular garbage.