We don’t give much thought to the amount of pollution the production of a device has caused when are looking at a new laptop or phone. If the one we have is broken or becomes slow, the battery is not maintaining power as it used to, or the screen has a crack, then we tend to use it as an excuse to get a new.
There is something you need to know
If you are considering a new laptop you should know that producing one computer and monitor requires 240kg of fossil fuels, 22kg of chemicals and 1.5 metric tons of water.
Computers contain large amounts of critical raw materials (CRM’s) and other valuable precious metals such as gold, silver and copper and materials such as metals and plastics. These materials require energy to mine and manufacture and are furthermore often scarce and will be more and more difficult to obtain in future.
When you dispose of an electronic device you should know that e-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in Europe. Particularly the loss of CRM’s such as cobalt, indium and rare earth elements is a concern. CRM’s have a significant importance for key sectors in the European economy and represent a supply risk due to very high import dependence from particular countries.
Reduce your environmental footprint
If you consider throwing away a device that has been liquid damaged, then we have a much better solution. A Techsave cleaning not only brings hi-tech back to life, saving a laptop or smartphone, which has been liquid damaged, also leaves the smallest environmental footprint compared to manufacturing a new laptop and recycling it.
In general, Techsave recommends that you repair and clean as many electronic devices as possible. Devices that are slowing down or has other malfunctions can for the most part be repaired. If you spill liquids in your device, you can find your closest Techsave partner HERE who can bring it back to life.
If a device cannot be saved it should be disposed of correctly. Use a certified e-waste recycler or contact your local authorities for designated drop-off locations and responsible recycling options.
If you do not find a partner near you, please send us a message on the 24/7 chat and we will help you out!