Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent technology, electronic waste, and mobile related news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 5/28-6/01.
How often do you upgrade your mobile device? Unfortunately, the answer is that you probably upgrade far too often for the electronic waste stream to handle. In response to this issue, researchers are looking into developing the first completely waste-free smartphone. Using cell phone components that have previously been thought of as not recyclable, researchers are finding ways to safely remove fiberglass and resin from mobile devices using energy-saving processes to not only help save the planet but to address the growing e-waste crisis.
“Just singing in the rain” has now becoming “charging your smartphone in the rain!” A team of researchers has been looking into developing a type of technologically advanced textile that is able to power itself through kinetic energy, even when you’re out and about in the rain. Currently, scientists are studying the textile while incorporated into the fabric of a shoulder bag to see how much power the experimental material can maintain during the average wear-and-tear of daily life.
Have old electronics lying around the house and don’t know what to do with them? The most eco-friendly options are to either reuse or recycle the devices. But sometimes it can be challenging task to decide which is the best course of action for your device. To help you through this, HOBI has weighed in on what you might want to consider before deciding which environmentally sound waste management option is the best fit for your device.