Environmental Impact of Smartphones

Enivorenmental Impact of smartphones
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Participating in the second-hand device market is a great way to save money, but it's also the smart way to help save the environment. When you buy a used phone or sell your old one, you are being a responsible consumer. By reducing new consumption and reusing old devices, we can minimize the amount of damage we do to our environment and help make the world a better place.

How much better you ask?

Coltan are contains a heat-resistant substance vital to the capacitors in every smartphone. Up to 80% of the world's coltan reserves lie in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In less than two years of bloody warfare, the Rwandan army made of $250 million stealing coltan from the DR Congo. Tin is the main component of every one of the 7000+ solder points on your tablet. Over one-third of the tin mined in the world comes from Indonesia, where workers die every week in illegal mining operations.

Manufacturing our smartphones takes a heavy toll as well. In 2007, 18 workers attempted suicide at a Foxconn plant—Apple's notorious Chinese manufacturing partner. 43.2% of China's state-monitored rivers are classified as unsuitable for human contact while recycling centers like Guiyu experience 6x higher miscarriage rates, 7/10 children with high blood-lead levels and the highest level of cancer-causing dioxins in the world.

By using Movaluate to repurpose an old device and by liking this page, you are doing your part as a global citizen to reduce our reliance on dangerous labor practices and promote awareness of these human rights issues.

How do We Get to the Figures

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Overall Figures

Now if we take these 3 figures—4593 gallons, $4.77, 97.3 minutes—and multiply them by the 130 million cell phones tossed aside annually in the United states, we get:

  • 597,090,000,000 gallons of drinking water
  • $620,100,000 worth of precious metals
  • 12,649,000,000 minutes of energy

All of our little phones can make a big difference. Let's work together to help reduce, reuse, and recycle.

  • http://www.mbaonline.com/cost-of-iphone/
  • http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/lead.cfm