It’s 2013. Sure, we don’t have flying cars or floating buildings, and we haven’t cured cancer yet. However, what we do have are phenomenal gadgets with flawless touchscreens that are just oh-so-convenient to use. Yes, I’m talking about “smartphones” and “tablets”.
Wow, that felt weird to type out…and that’s just because they are so much more than that. These devices enable us to navigate roads, find out information, read novels, play games, share media, network, email, and look at memes of Grumpy Cat and Philosoraptor.
Unfortunately, with new inventions can come harsh gases that are bad news for air quality. To see what we’re talking about, check out the infographic below, which shows that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that comes out of manufacturing an iPad (yes, our beloved iPads) is equal to the amount that comes out of a 515-mile drive. Unbelievable. And get this: the process of making one new iPad emits 180 kg worth of CO2…and all 55 million of those iPads that were sold? The emission of CO2 from all those iPads equals the emissions that come from 1.2 million cars per year.
So, what can you do to help? Here are a few ways you can take action, even if you’re an electronics junkie like we are:
- Stop throwing away batteries, old broken electronics, etc. Make a bin for e-waste in your home and get your family in on it!
- Find local programs that encourage the recycling of e-waste and help you to do so.
- Increase awareness of the dangers associated with e-waste and talk about it at your school.
But hey, Apple is making some progress! They’re currently building a 100-acre solar powered facility and they have implemented recycling in over 95% of the stores that sell Apple products all over the world. Good job Apple!
Do you recycle your devices? What are your thoughts on emissions from devices? What else can we do to help? Let us know!