electronic waste

Those Holiday Gift Returns May End Up in a Landfill

Those Holiday Gift Returns May End Up in a Landfill

It happens to everyone — the holidays roll around, and your great aunt, your co-worker, or your second cousin gets you a gift that is thoughtful, but not quite your style. Even with the tags intact and the packaging in good shape, that gift may not go back to sit on a store shelf after […]

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    Should You Rent, Not Buy, Electronics?

    Should You Rent, Not Buy, Electronics?

    By Doug Johnson Laptops, phones and tablets come out in new, flashier upgrades each year, and consumers lap them up, eager to own the latest desirable models with the most cutting-edge features. But with every upgrade, older models mount up in landfills around the world. In 2019, we generated a record 53.6 million metric tons […]

    Electronic Waste: New EU Rules Target Throwaway Culture

    Electronic Waste: New EU Rules Target Throwaway Culture

    All those phones, computers and tablets we rely on are dependent on mined resources. Extracting and processing those resources accounts for nearly half of our greenhouse gas emissions, which is why the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan calls for “initiatives for the entire life cycle of products, from design and manufacturing to consumption, repair, […]

    The EU Declares War on E-Waste

    The EU Declares War on E-Waste

    By Tim Schauenberg Technician Christopher Olk concentrates hard as he removes the broken drive from a DVD player and pushes it back in again. “If it’s the mechanics or the electronics, I can fix it,” explains the 26-year-old, who is working on his Ph.D. in battery technology at Aachen University. “If the chip or the […]

    ‘Right to Repair’: Fixing Our Own Broken Stuff Should Be Standard

    ‘Right to Repair’: Fixing Our Own Broken Stuff Should Be Standard

    When our smartphones, televisions or other gadgets stop working, it seems like the only choice we have is to get rid of it. This never-ending stream of electronic waste has created mountains of toxic trash that’s hazardous to people and the planet. That’s why consumers and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe are fighting back […]

    Could Paper Power the Next Generation of Devices?

    Could Paper Power the Next Generation of Devices?

    By Seokheun Choi It seems like every few months there’s a new cellphone, laptop or tablet that is so exciting people line up around the block to get their hands on it. While the perpetual introduction of new, slightly more advanced electronics has made businesses like Apple hugely successful, the short shelf life of these […]

    Thailand to Ban Imports of Plastics and E-Waste

    Thailand to Ban Imports of Plastics and E-Waste

    Thailand has joined Vietnam and Malaysia in cracking down on the world’s trash. Thailand will stop accepting more than 400 types of electronic waste (e-waste), including circuit boards, old TVs and radios, within six months, an environment ministry official told Reuters. The decision was made Wednesday at a meeting chaired by Surasak Kanchanarat, the environment […]

    Why Apple Deliberately Slowing Down iPhones Is Harming the Environment

    Why Apple Deliberately Slowing Down iPhones Is Harming the Environment

    If you ever felt like your iPhone is getting slower over time, Apple has admitted that it deliberately slows down the processing speeds of phones with older batteries to stop them shutting down without warning. The tech giant is ultimately doing a good thing—even if it’s in a sneaky, backhanded way. Smartphone batteries certainly have […]