Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The E-Waste Problem, And How To Help

We can joke about how often we feel the need to upgrade our smartphones, but the fact of the matter is that what happens to our old cellphones and other electronics is no laughing matter. Nearly 60 percent of e-waste — unwanted electronics such as computers, TVs and cell phones — end up in landfills around the world, where the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture can contaminate the environment. Other e-waste is incinerated, releasing clouds of noxious chemicals into the air. Many times, developing countries bear the most significant brunt of the health and ecological problems caused by e-waste. Dealing with e-waste has become one of the most pressing problems facing the world in the 21st century, and although progress has been made in terms of recycling and disposing of e-waste responsibly, there is still a lot of work to be done. Even at the level of the individual consumer, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the amount of e-waste and deal with it properly, and responsible consumers can make a difference. The following infographic details some of the main reasons why e-waste has become such a concern around the world, as well as some of the steps consumers can take to reduce the amount of electronics that become e-waste.
Infographic created by Digital Doc

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