The frightening truth about ewaste

It is easy to overlook an issue when it does not impact us directly. We are all guilty of doing this. After all, we have so much going on in our everyday lives, and there are so many things that consume our time. This is understandable. But e-waste is a truly massive problem, and it … Continued

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Turning ewaste into 3D printers for developing countries

The need to combat e-waste is a very real issue. According to the UN Environment Programme (Unep), up to 90 per cent of global electronic waste is illegally dumped or traded every year. The Global E-Waste Monitor 2014 report: Quantities, Flows, and Resources, also concluded that 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste was dumped in … Continued

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Common home recycling mistakes

We all know the importance of recycling nowadays. This is something that’s receiving increased media attention and more and more steps are being put in place to encourage us to recycle effectively. Nevertheless, this doesn’t stop us from making a few errors from time to time. So let’s take a look at some of the … Continued

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Fairphone 2: the smartphone that aims to combat e-waste

Fairphone 2 launched towards the end of last year. This is a sequel to the first ‘ethical smartphone’ in the world. It is for sale in the UK for less than £400, and in this post we are going to take a further look at this smartphone and how it aims to combat the problem of e-waste.

The original Fairphone had relative success. This phone was launched in 2013 by an Amsterdam-based social enterprise. What made it different from other smartphones on the market? Well, the Fairphone came with the promise that it would lower electronic waste, improve the working conditions for the factory staff that were based in China, and that it would not use any components that were made using minerals from conflict mines. Thanks to the 60,000 people that bought the original version of the phone, the company were able to upgrade it and create the Fairphone 2 without requiring investment from external sources.

So, what makes Fairphone 2 different from the first version? Well, the phone has been designed in such a way to combat the throwaway nature we have developed in regards to phones and other electronic items. One of the ways it does this is by being easy to repair. The phone can be opened with ease, and it is constructed in such a manner that makes repairs more straightforward. The company has made spare parts easy to access as well. It is hoped that this will encourage people to get problems fixed, rather than throw their phones away.

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The Circular Economy in London – Making it Happen

Those of us here at Coara who feel we should all be shouting more loudly about the benefits of a circular economy in London were delighted that a conference held here earlier this month saw an agreement between London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen for a collaborative effort to help us all move more quickly towards a circular economy and start to reap the benefits.

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and the Greater London Authority were behind an initial joint project with Amsterdam and Copenhagen to improve the capture of plastics but there will hopefully be many future projects aimed at further developing a circular economy.

The Deputy Mayor of London for Environment & Energy, Matthew Pencharz, was present at this meeting and believes London is at the forefront of promoting and developing the circular economy in London and further afield; and that further sustainable projects will boost the capital’s green economy.

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Reducing e-waste begins with our buying decisions

Every year, somewhere between 20 to 50 million tons of electronic waste is generated worldwide, and this issue just keeps getting worse. Waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) needs to be disposed of in a safe manner, because compounds they contain cause severe damage to the environment and to human health. Hazardous chemicals like lead … Continued

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The health and environmental impact of e-waste

There are an increasing number of reports documenting the problems and environmental impact of e-waste. This is a global issue, and it seems to be getting worse with every day that passes by. E-waste refers to any electronic or electrical waste, from mobile phones and microwaves to refrigerators and laptops. A large proportion of this … Continued

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Circular Economy Video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Circular Economy Video (including transcript) from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Our current Linear Economy relies on cheap easily available resources and fossil energy. We take, make, use and dispose – eating into a finite supply of materials and generating waste. What’s more resources and energy are getting increasingly tough and expensive to exploit so can … Continued

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Common commercial recycling mistakes to avoid

All companies should have an effective commercial recycling policy in place. After all, it is widely accepted that all businesses and organisations have a duty to reduce their environmental impact and take steps to protect our planet. However, even with a recycling policy implemented, there are still some companies that are making mistakes when it … Continued

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Circular Economy Animated Video

  A brilliant circular economy animated video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation that neatly describes a new type of economy…   Living systems have been around for a few billion years and will be around for many more. In the living world there is no landfill instead materials flow – one species’ waste is another’s … Continued

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