Minimal approach to make cell phones sustainable
Interesting topics conveyed in this talk:
Biodegradability is a material property not a definition of environmental benefit. I think this a is good point to consider in sustainability as when we see brown paper vs plastic bag we thing paper is greener but it is not when it looked at from life cycle assessment angle. Functionality defines environmental impact. Design is not about using eco-materials; there are very few materials that we should avoid ,rest of it is all about application.
She explains about behaviour changing product, one way to address sustainability issue. Lot of times the problem is not in the product it is in the use phase of the product where it is used inefficiently by the consumer.
Products should be designed with disassembly of materials and components in the end; Starting a closed looped system or product service systems
Consumption is the biggest problem; design is the powerful solution
The smartphones and tablets life cycle needs to be improved at all its stages keeping its end of life plan in mind
This is an amazing video to learn the process and how in circuit boards’ elements are changed to their atomic level
Electronic equipment contains metals and other materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not properly managed.
Hexavalent Chromium or Chromium VI
Brominated Flame Retardants
Additionally, electronics are made with valuable resources such as precious metals, engineered plastics, glass, and other materials—all of which require energy to manufacture. When equipment is thrown away, these resources cannot be recovered and additional pollution will be generated to manufacture new products out of virgin materials.