Time to talk about our tech stash and forgotten about gadgets/Nokia 3310’s as we experience shortages of the earth’s rare elements…
The Royal Society of Chemistry has recently conducted a survey for tech stockpiling which has revealed:
📱An estimated 40 million unused gadgets are in UK homes (all containing multiple endangered elements eg) 1 smart phone = 30+elements)
📱Over half of UK households had at least 1 unused device and 45% had between 2-5 with NO plans to recycle
📱500,000 tonnes of electronic waste is recycled every year
Elements we could run out of in the next century: Gallium, Arsenic, Silver, Indium, Yttrium, Tantalum (Used in everything from LED, to microchips, fireworks, mirrors, screens, surgical implants, solar panels etc).
Deficits in these natural materials underpin the fundamental importance of responsibly recycling all of our cables, connectors and contraptions we accumulate! Investing in innovation for cradle to cradle initiatives that take, make and reuse our old tech will be crucial to closing the loop and ensuring we keep these rare elements within reach & production systems! A. X