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[Living Green] [Fun Environmental Stories through Numbers] The footprint of 2 years of your mobile phone

by Eco Generation | 31-07-2017 10:00 Comments 1 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



The footprint of 2 years your mobile phone How often do you upgrade to a new phone? The most common reason of purchasing a new phone is 'to have the newest model' not because of malfunctions. The average phone is designed to last 10 years. However, the actual average usage period is 2 years. Where is your old phone now? There are at least 200 million phones 'hibernating' in the drawers of Americas, and at least 85 million phones asleep with their English counterparts. Only 3% of the 1.8 billion new phones purchased in 2014 are recycled. 74% of the carbon emissinos involved with mobile phones originateds from the production process including mining resources and manufacturing. Many rare metals such as gold, palladium, and silver are used to make mobile phones. Recycling these metals is 200 times more profitable than mining for them in South Africa. Recyling can reduce approximately 1kg of carbon footprint per used mobile phone. Also, recycling only takes 50% of the energy that is required into making a completely new phone. Do you keep an old phone in your drawer by any chance? How about searching for a recycling program of the manufacturer or donating it ot a charity organizations? You emall effort can save the Earth and lives. For further learning, please read <How bad are bananas?:the carbon footprint of everything>, visit ethical consumers website and treehugger website.

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Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

  • Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas says :
    Yes, I do hope people will be more aware in recycling their old phones. Whenever I change my phone, the reason is because it is not usable anymore i.e. I accidentally dropped them in waters. But anyway, my friends will change to new phones just to match up with the trend. Yet I am not sure if their old phones are recycled. My friends probably just threw them away, because even if the phone was given to a second hand store, not many people would like to buy a second hand thing.

    Posted 23-09-2017 00:21

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