What’s a smartphone made of? - Kim Preshoff
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Curious about what exactly is in your smartphone? The Secret Life of a Smart Phone from the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States is a great resource! Take a look to learn more.
This United Nations released a publication that addresses the problems associated with poorer nations being saddled with e-waste recycling and the hazards that result: United Nations System-wide Response to Tackling E-waste.
Check out this video to explore why e-waste is such a problem and learn about the 44 pounds of electronic waste you throw out a year too. On the contrary, if done correctly, e-waste recycling could be a profitable business and even good for the planet.
Want to find out more on those rare earth and other elements in your smartphone? Read this article from the American Chemical society: Smartphones: Smart Chemistry. If you’re still curious about what makes up a cell phone, check out Where to Find Rare Earth Elements. The SciShow also has a great video on the Rare Earth Elements and exactly what they are!
Making all these smartphones has a huge effect on the environment. We might have to consider: Is there an eco-friendly way to make smartphones? Still looking for a way to use that old cell phone that might be sitting around in your drawer at home? Try any of these 14 brilliant things to do with that old cell phone you have laying around.
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