Cell phones still don’t get recycled very often. The modular phone concept has some hurdles to overcome, but would immediately reduce cell phone e-waste.
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The replacement rate of consumer electronics, as well as environmental & health concerns, are driving growth in the e-waste recycling sector.
140 million phones go into landfills each year. This infographic spells out the environmental costs all of those mobile devices that don’t get recycled.
The UK’s Glastonbury Festival isn’t just one of the biggest music events in world… it’s also become a launch pad for innovative consumer renewable energy technology. Last year, mobile communications company Orange tested out its Power Wellies (which harvested foot heat for charging phones, etc.)… I gave them some love over at SUNfiltered. This year, […]
If someone offered you a solar system for $12, you’d probably be immediately suspicious. Once they told you it only powered a LED light bulb and charging plug for your cell phone, you might chuckle… such a device might be kind of cool, but hardly useful… right? Not in this country… or in most of […]
India is facing a technological breakthrough, with over 563 million mobile subscribers that constitutes almost half of the 1.2 billion population. The numbers spell a telecommunications system that has every right to be proud of its reach and success. An Ugly Truth: Cell Phones Cheaper than Sanitation in India But underneath this shining accomplishment lies […]
Two weeks ago, we took a look at news from the Congo involving “conflict minerals”: armed groups have exploited the mining of materials such as tin, tungsten, gold, and tantalum, and the people who live near these resources, to fund their fighting. Since then, I’ve had a chance to communicate with David Sullivan, a research […]
Do you recycle your cell phones? It’s a great practice for insuring that toxic materials in those old phones don’t make their way into the environment. But what about the other side of the cell phone lifecycle? Do you know where the materials come from? It turns out that many of the minerals in that […]
Get a new cell phone. Get a new cell phone charger. And probably a new car charger, too, right? It’s always seemed silly to me that all cell phones can’t use the same charger. Silly and wasteful. That may be changing. Bloomberg reports that mobile phone manufacturers and operators “will develop a standardized handset charger […]