The Impact of Phones on the Environment
Did you know an estimated 3.5 billion people use smartphones? That’s almost half of the world’s population (and it’s continuously growing)!
It’s actually an environmental disaster due to the pollution given out into the environment from the original extraction of elements like gold, cobalt or lithium to build the device itself.
Not to be a negative nancy, but the average user switches phone every 2 years without recycling it, which causes toxic waste and squandering materials - incoming SWYCHA!
80% of a phone’s carbon footprint is created at the manufacturing stage. This is the mining, refining, transporting and assembly of the product itself.
Here’s a quick breakdown for you
- Iron = for the speakers and microphones
- Aluminium and Magnesium = for the frames and screens
- Copper, Silver and Gold= for the electronic circuits
- Graphite and Lithium = for the batteries
- Silicon = for the processor
- Lead and Tin = for the soldering
You might spend a lot of time on your phone, your gaming console or even watching TV, but the winning greenhouse gas emission device is your smartphone over everything else!
We’re not saying it’s on a scale next to the transportation industry in terms of affecting global warming, but the mining of elements, which we mentioned above, are the problem.
It's also the destruction of ecosystems, generated tailings and toxic by-products that seep into the soil and surroundings. It’s currently estimated that developed countries recycle below 15% of their smartphones, as consumers (and we’re all guilty of this) are used to hoarding obsolete devices by putting them into draws and boxes in the attic. What use are they in there?!
(COMING SOON: You can exchange your old, obsolete smartphones for money off your next SWYCHA purchase - hello sustainable living!!)
What are the key learnings from this information:
- We should extend the lifespan of our mobile phones for as long as possible
- The large tech companies who produce smartphones should become more aware of the impact they have on the environment and action more sustainable ways to consciously build their devices without harming the environment and the surrounding ecosystems.
- Telephone service providers who actively promote their customers to join 2-year contracts to get the best-selling, trending phones should increase the contracts longer in hope the consumer keeps the same device for that period.
- Purchase second-hand refurbished phones from Swycha❤️
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