In a growing world with an increasing population with ever-greater needs, it is high time to find a balanced solution for our activities. Nature provides us with the template.
The vast majority of e-waste in India is processed by hand.
For as little as $4 a day Indian workers process dangerous, toxic waste by hand. This unregulated, highly polluting industry is hidden away from police eyes.
A foldable, biodegradable battery based on paper and bacteria opens a new opportunity in electronics.
Seokheun Choi/Binghamton University
Paper-based devices with foldable, biodegradable batteries provide a new way to reduce electronic waste. But how would these new gadgets work?
Research indicates that up to a third of all food is wasted – but also shows that anti-waste campaigns frequently backfire.
Research shows that campaigns that try to make consumers feel guilty about the amount they waste often make things worse, not better. A new study poins the way to more effective anti-waste campaigns.
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Old landfills could be, quite literally, untapped gold mines.
A smart city is usually one connected and managed through computing — sensors, data analytics and other information and communications technology.
As cities become 'smarter', they need more and more objects fitted with technology. We need to think about designing these objects to accommodate computers, which often break down and create e-waste.
There’s more to e-waste than the discarded monitors, cell phones and other electronics.
No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
Before taking that tempting upgrade, ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
The most sustainable phone is the one you already own. But if you're in the market for a new handset, consider choosing one with replaceable parts to avoid having to replace the whole thing again.
Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China.
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China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
When technology evolves, it affects not only your financial position but also your ability to exercise other choices.
Gone to waste: not enough of Australia’s obsolete electronics are being recovered.
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Australia is among the world's top ten users of electronic and electrical products. But our systems for recycling the resulting 'e-waste' fall a long way short of other rich nations.
We want products that last, it's up to manufacturers to provide us with the information we need to buy them.
It would be a waste, and environmental hazard, to see them thrown in the bin.
There are precious, and toxic, minerals in our old mobile phones. Far better to recycle them than dump them in the trash.
The need for a solution to e-waste disposal is more urgent than ever.
In the era of wearable technology, we live as devices of our own devices.
To be good global citizens, we must stop churning through energy-hungry devices. Earth cannot cope with the burdens, including mountains of e-waste, that electronic consumerism creates.
Agbogbloshie, an area in the city of Accra Ghana, is usually portrayed as an e-waste dump. A more accurate picture would include the repair and refurbishment economy.
Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform
Design-for-recycling and take-back laws – not just more recycling – are needed to address the sprawling e-waste problem.
After a software upgrade your “smart mug” will be as pointless as these floppy disc drives.
The US Federal Trade Commission issued a report on the “internet of things” this week. It announced: Six years ago, for the first time, the number of “things” connected to the internet surpassed the number…
Meet the US military’s newest contractors.
We’re in the midst of fevered discussions about communications and security. Cybertarian campaigners want to stop collusion between corporations and governments to intercept citizen chat; attention-grabbing…
Electronic thermoset components, such as those found in mobile phones, are destined for landfill – but new research points to a way to make them recyclable.
Plastics comprise around 10% of solid waste in Australia. And while we can recycle certain types, there is a group of particularly stable plastics called thermosets, common in electronic devices, which…
Hazardous, I tell you - and I’m not talking about the manufacturers’ customer service.
The manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, fuelled by increased consumption and by the equipment’s relatively short lifespan. As a result…