The e-waste problem:
Mining Copper – Chile: high water consumption, natural damage.
Mining Tantalum & Cobalt – Congo: slave labor.
Mining Tin – Indonesia: Soap deposits: Floating destroys coral reefs, fish and soils, deaths from landslides.
Mining Rare earths: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, yttrium: High energy consumption to get them out of the minerals.
Manufacturing: The working conditions in the manufacturing companies are inhumane (Child labor, extremely high work pressure, suicides).
Short lifespan of most electronic devices (Average duration of smartphones: 2,5 years, 1,4 billions smartphones per year).
Only about 10% gets recycled.
Most electronic waste is exported where it is a massive threat to people and the environment.
E-waste is the world's largest growing garbage dump: 50 million tons in 2018 worldwide, increasing every year.
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photos: Kevin Riemer-Schadendorf
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