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E-Waste by the Numbers: Infographic

E-Waste by the Numbers: Infographic | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Infographic Source: www.Fonebank.com

 

Tech enthusiasts like ourselves tend to spend more on electronics and upgrade more often than the average consumer, but as tech has grown more mainstream than ever, and with product cycles accelerated on the mobile market, electronic waste is becoming an equally expanding issue.

 

There is a lack of consensus as to whether the term (e-waste) should apply to resale, reuse, and refurbishing industries, or only to product that cannot be used for its intended purpose. Informal processing of electronic waste in developing countries may cause serious health and pollution problems, though these countries are also most likely to reuse and repair electronics.

All electronic scrap components may contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants. Even in developed countries recycling and disposal of e-waste may involve significant risk to workers and communities and great care must be taken to avoid unsafe exposure in recycling operations and leaching of material such as heavy metals from landfills and incinerator ashes.

 

This infographic puts e-waste figures in perspective...

Olive Ventures's insight:

If you're from Singapore and need to recycle your e-waste: http://oliveventures.com.sg/act/2012/08/29/e-waste-recycling-in-singapore/

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Eduardo Pinilla Gil's curator insight, May 31, 12:04 PM

Una infografía sobre la basura electrónica, una fuente de contaminación creciente

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Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting

Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sustainable America has created the following infographic to show how food is wasted and lost around the world, and what can be done about it.

 

Food waste and food security are serious problems, but there are current solutions and ways you can help. Read on to learn more, and stay tuned for our next blog post, which will delve deeper into some of the points made by Lappe and Nierenberg in the Wall Street Journal piece.


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Creativity Angel's comment, February 4, 2013 2:30 AM
Insects are the solution, more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day.
Creativity Angel's curator insight, February 4, 2013 2:31 AM

Insects are the solution. Western people has to use to know that more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day and they are the most effective food.

Mercor's curator insight, February 4, 2013 5:45 AM

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