Dreaming of a new shining smartphone or a new slim, lightweight laptop? While many of us get tempted to throw out the old phone or laptop and get the latest version, we don’t give much thought to the increasing amount of e-waste that it creates.
E-scrap causes severe environmental problems
The “buy and throw away” culture keeps adding to the major environmental risk e-waste represents due to the presence of hazardous components and toxic substances such as mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and chemical flame retardants. In 2014 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste was sent to developing countries, causing environmental problems for these and using resources, and emitting CO2, to transport the waste around the world.
Up to 50 million metric tons of e-waste, including computers, is disposed globally each year worldwide. Our consumption of electronic devices and upgrades, regardless of whether the phone or laptop we have is still functioning, is not in any way good for the environment. In Denmark alone, a small country of less than 6 million people, more than 26,000 tons of IT- and tele-equipment was scrapped in 2012.
Techsave to fight e-scrap
At Techsave we aim to reduce the amount of e-scrap by prolonging the life of smartphones and laptops. For more than 10 years we have been working on a method to save liquids damaged electronic devices. The result is a machine that within two hours takes the devices through a 50-step cleaning process and has a +90% success rate. Why not a 100% you may ask, and the answers is that some devices are simply too damaged to repair.
If you consider throwing your phone or laptop away because it has been liquid damaged, we recommend that you go to our map HERE and find your local Techsave partner. A Techsave cleaning means less waste, longer lifetime of laptops and smartphones and thus also less e-scrap.