TAG: E-waste

Turning E-Waste and Vintage Electronics into Music

Turning E-Waste and Vintage Electronics into Music

With the rapid obsolescence of electronics and the urge to constantly upgrade to the latest new gadget, we’re rapidly creating mountains of electronic waste (e-waste) that is full of potentially toxic materials such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium. Much of that e-waste ends up in the landfill, where it can pollute air and soil and water, instead of at electronics recyclers, where the resources that go into making the electronics could be reclaimed. And when most of us hear about the e-waste problem, the most we’re willing to do to help mitigate it is by properly recycling our gadgets… read more

Old Electronics Now Sitting Pretty

Chile’s N+ew Fantastic E-Waste Seats

A total of estimated 50 million tons of e-waste is generated globally each year and sadly only 15-20 % of it gets recycled. Technology’s fast pace together with planned obsolescence in objects leave mountains of electronic waste with components that are extremely harmful, if they are not properly managed. But some eco-designers are making good use of this trash, highlighting the problem with cool functional objects. Based in Chile, designer Rodrigo Alonso is busy sorting out unloved CDs, qwerty keyboards, multi-colored cables and motherboards turning them into fantastic e-waste seats. The Latin eco-designer uses (not-so-eco) epoxy resin to “suspend” as… read more

Young Activists

Young activists

There have been many waves of environmental activism, each gaining a broader demographic as climate change becomes more apparent. Because the Internet and other forms of electronic communication are accessible at a younger age, children not only have the means to express their views about the environment – their ideas are finally being heard and applied. As a result we are seeing more teen and kid activists, as well as young entrepreneurs of green ‘enterprise’. The following examples may illustrate why our youth make the best activists, as they are the inherit-ants of the current ecological mess. We will begin with Alex Lin, who was only eleven… read more

Disposing of E-Waste

Disposing of e-waste

The advancement of digital technologies has increased the amount of the e-waste that we have started generating. The prime reason for this is the continuous advancements that keep moving in the digital sector which makes the previously manufactured products obsolete. These obsolete products are then either scrapped for dump sites, or are sent to developing countries, where they are used for a little more time and then scrapped until a newer technology further arrives. The e-waste generated by us comprises of both toxic as well as non toxic materials. While products like processors, PCBs, silicon chips etc are non toxic… read more

Dissolvable Electronics

Soluble electronics

In Lewis carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes across the famous cat from Cheshire which discusses philosophy with Alice. After the talk the cat grins and disappears. The cat is gone but the grin stays. Electronic devices like Integrated circuits and CMOS have become an important part of life but what do we do once we are done with them? Throw them away? But this causes e-waste piles and it is estimated that these kinds of e-waste alone account up to 70% of toxic wastes currently found in landfills and a good percentage in the sea too. Electronic devices like pacemakers and… read more

E-Waste and Africa

E-waste in Africa

You may have heard the expression “when America sneezes the whole world catches a cold” being said in the context of the global financial economy. The same may be said in regards to first world countries, vis-a-vis the developing world, when referring to the generation of e-waste and its effect on the natural environment of developing countries. E-waste is defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) as any appliance using electric power that has reached its ultimate life span. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (“UNEP”), in 2010 an estimated 62.5 to 125 tonnes of e-waste associated cable found its way… read more

Recycling E-Waste

Recycling household items

How many technological devices in the past year have you thrown out or replaced? I personally have counted three so far. So times that by the number of people in the world and you come up with a large pile of “E-Crap”. Sitting there as landfill and not going anywhere soon. Luckily, there are a number of companies around the world that have jumped on the band-wagon of recycling and who see these now useless products as an opportunity. An opportunity to turn them into something else useful, giving the products another life and another use. Yes, even a lifeless… read more