Getting Rid Of The Old Cell Phone Drawer!
Whenever we think about the new generation of technology, have we ever considered whether these innovations are becoming more sustainable and Eco-friendly?
The cellphone graveyard, as some like to call it, is a presence in most individuals homes today. A box, drawer, or even a Zippo, filled with; iPods, flip phone, Blackberries (or is it berrys... I've always wondered for this brand of phone), and loads of cracked iPhones, different technology we no longer use. Many of us wish we had something else to do with all this, but fixing them is not an option neither is throwing them away, our conscience just won't let us, so what are we supposed to do with all this 'condemned' technology?
Of course, recycling them is a brilliant option, as we would discuss later, but is that really a long-term solution?
Small electronics like cell phones are known to be an enormous contributor to all the waste stream and greenhouse gas emissions, yet we rarely hear about how these kinds of technologies are being made more sustainable. We have been able to manage many other things; making greener cleaning products, more efficient cars, even recycled toilet paper, but so little of our time is spent thinking about the impact the same technologies we use every day have on the planet.
But luckily for us, there are people who are aware of this problem and are currently finding innovative ways to change the way we use, how we think about, and the method in which we recycle our technology.
Many have talked about creative ways that people are re-purposing technology before, and one of my favorite examples is the organization Rainforest Connection that uses old cell phones to help protect the rainforest.
As is so often the case, it’s very easy to overlook the simple ways we can help to contribute to a brighter collective future. But as consumers, though, we have the ability and power to change the way companies operate. And by remaining informed about the broader impact our buying choices have, we can always help to support businesses that have a positive environmental and social impact.
Being informed also helps us minimise our waste overall! Simple things like repairing or buying our clothes second hand, recycling our plastics, or supporting green energy could become second nature.
But above of all, we are most fortunate enough live in an era where being a responsible steward of the planet can start with a simple Google search.