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How do we get rid of technological devices?
Mar 2, 2010

Many technological devices are filled with harmful metals and chemicals in order for them to function. However, how do we dispose of these devices safely?
There is always talk about being environmentally friendly, but I assume that almost everyone who agrees with being environmentally friendly uses a technological device that is not friendly to our environment. For example, cellphones and laptops that are not made of safe metals or chemicals or biodegradable material.
Would you buy a biodegradable cellphone or latop? Has anyone thought of this?
Let me know what ya think...

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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Mar 3, 2010

Do you mean "how to dispose of cell phones, laptops and the like safely?" There are lots of companies out there that do that kind of disposal, or re-using of parts.
The bigger question is "when will we start making these devices with the planet's resources in mind?" Designed obsolescence is the blight of our planet.
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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Mar 3, 2010

This is a great problem but as they contain valuable metals, there will be a market to recycle it.

What is more of a problem are these new ecological bulbs that are replacing the old incandescent ones. They are full of mercury and other toxic substances and rather than having special places to recycle them, most will just throw them into the rubbish which means they will end up in land fill and allow those poisons to leach into the water system and kill us that way.

Sometimes the environment lobby doesn't think things through to the end.
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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Mar 3, 2010

Yes, that is what I mean. Do you think there are enough companies that are recycling these products? Think of how many there in countries across the planet.
No group of companies could possibly handle that capacity right now.


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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Mar 3, 2010

You are correct. We create far too much "garbage" and no, there is no real effort being made to curb that consumption. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true due to the monetary system that mandates that we consume and consume with no thought about the disposal or recycling of the product.
On the upside though, if consumers started speaking to these companies with their purchasing power and demanding that the products are better thought out, companies will change their practices. It's up to us as consumers to change the vendors' attitudes.
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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Mar 7, 2010

I agree with you Barbara. It is the voice of the consumer that is needed to make a difference and a change.
Boycott certain companies or ship products that are not recyclable back to the company for them to dispose of.
These are some ideas to be considered.
Anyone have any?


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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Nov 30, 2012

I agree with being environmentally friendly, but most electronic devices are made to be durable. I think the lifespan of a laptop or cell phone would justify the materials used to make the devices.


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Dec 2, 2012

We don't get rid of devices, but instead we recycle them. Some store have a bin to place your old cell phones to have them recycled and for laptops I think office stores will recycle them.


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Re: How do we get rid of technological devices?
Dec 4, 2012

I think that it would be great to make devices more green, but I think that it will make the products cost a lot more and many people wont be able to afford it, or would rather pay less for the toxic metals used in devices. If anything, devices should come with an alternative greener version so that people can have an option.


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