Design for the Dump
– Making things to be thrown away quickly so consumers have to buy more. For example electronics are hard to upgrade, easy to break, impractical to repair and not adaptable to previous things like chargers.
Today’s electronics are significantly harmful to the environment, workers, and consumers and the more we buy and throw away these products the worst our world becomes.
- The US threw away (trashed or recycled) 142,000 computers and over 416,000 mobile devices EVERY DAY
In 2012, we generated 3.412 million tons of e-waste in the U.S. and only 1 million tons or 29.2% was recycled, according to the EPA (up from 25% in 2011). The rest was trashed –in landfills or incinerators.
Some 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated worldwide every year, comprising more than 5% of all municipal solid waste. When the millions of computers purchased around the world every year (183 million in 2004) become obsolete they leave behind lead, cadmium, mercury and other hazardous wastes.
Follow Campaign and Alternatives
- Manufacturer Takeback Programs in the U.S.
Take back programs force manufacturers to take responsibility of their products after its lifespan. ETBC helps consumers find preexisting take back programs and advocates for more take back programs and laws.
- Electronics Take Back Coalition: Guide To Recycling Your Electronics
Guide to getting rid of electronic equipment why protecting the environment
- Green Guide to Buying Electronics
Great resource to learn how to repair your electronics and order needed parts
Site to sell back your phone or tablet instead of throwing away
Find legitimate e-recycler near you that doesn’t export products to companies in countries with less regulation who follow practices that harm workers and the environment
e-Trash Transparency Project
E-waste advocacy and resource center
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Donate you Cell Phone, Smartphone or Tablet to US soldiers
Fair Phone: Conflict Free Cellphone
Cellphones made from conflict free minerals