Lately, the urge for food for purchasing and promoting refurbished smartphones has grown significantly. However nonetheless, the variety of handsets mendacity dormant in our closets and drawers is dizzying.
In response to a current examine overlaying 27 nations worldwide, the cumulative variety of shelved cell telephones per capita accounts for some 23,964 tonnes of e-waste, equals to greater than 54 Boeing 747-8 airplanes.
The examine, carried out by the web used electronics retailer reBuy and overlaying 27 nations worldwide, reveals that disposing of previous cellphones stays an arduous endeavor for a lot of households. That notably appears to be the case in Sweden, the place there’s a median 1.31 shelved mobiles per capita, which, the examine states, implies that the Scandinavian nation has extra discarded telephone fashions gathering mud in properties than it does residents.
Leaving unused telephones in a closet or drawer might not appear essential. However, in accordance with the examine, all these shelved gadgets throughout the 27 nations signify a gross sales worth of €1.9 billion ($2.2 billion) in treasured metals like gold, silver, palladium, platinum and copper (used to fabricate smartphones).
The examine additionally regarded on the share of individuals promoting or gifting used cellphones. Denmark leads the best way with a median 49% of households, adopted by France and Poland, each with 41% of households promoting or gifting used cell telephones.
In response to the examine, whole e-waste generated by all 27 nations within the report quantities to 23,964 tonnes, which is equal to 54 Boeing 747-8 airplanes at most take-off weight (442 tonnes every), or greater than 138 blue whales (173 tonnes every).
“Each Black Friday and Christmas are arising, which has up to now decade confirmed to end in
huge gross sales of things equivalent to new smartphones, e-readers, tablets and video games consoles,” mentioned Philipp Gattner, CEO of reBuy. “With this index, we wish to educate individuals about e-waste and assist everybody to think about shopping for refurbished tech merchandise to offer expertise a second life.” JB
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