Green your gizmos - Making our tech less toxic
"My former colleague used to say that I could take better pictures with a potato than with my current phone. And okay, sure, it’s showing its age. It’s nearing three. In human years, a rambunctious toddler, but in phone years, a grandpa asleep in the recliner, mouth open. My phone wasn’t the newest when it came out, but there have been at least four models released since mine. Which, when you think about it, is pretty bananas. Imagine if you bought a $700 rake and two years later it only raked half as well and you had to buy a new, slightly better one. You’d think you’d been hosed. Because you were.
But okay, you say, it’s only money, and it’s a thing I use all the time. Plus Bell’s going to give me a new one practically for free.
But here’s something else to consider: 80% or more of the greenhouse gas emissions of a cellphone comes from just making it."