Changing phones to be a product of the Circular Economy (Why should we do…
Changing phones to be a product of the Circular Economy
Why should we do that?
A phone is a product used by many people
If we managed to change it to be a product of the circular economy and everybody uses it, we would be able to reduce a huge amount of waste
Phones are held as one of the most common examples when people talked about the linear economy. Phones are produced very frequently and when people but a new phone (Which is very often), they throw their old phones away, creating a lot of waste.
These material are very valuable and in many cases, they could be used numerous more times. If we keep phones as a product of the linear economy, the resources we have will eventually run out
What are the strengths and weaknesses of doing so?
A transition requires a substantial expansion of the knowledge base to chart progress and identify where more work is needed to achieve change.
This would require a set amount of funding which not all phone-making businesses have.
Doing this could potentially create new jobs for people: working to take out the materials which will be used to make new phones.
Many phones go to waste every year. If we could do this, we would recycle a lot of material.
Many countries are becoming dependant on raw material. If we can do this, it would reduce the amount of raw material needed, which would avoid environmental damage caused by resource extraction.
Less pollution would enter the earth's life support systems.
How do we do that?
In order to do this, we would require a close relationship with the producers as well as the users.
We must advertise to the users and convince them not to throw their phones away,
We must help the producers, work hand in hand with them.
We must first inquire with the producers to design a new business model and to have the facilities to change phones to be a product of circular economy
We will then advertise the phone and tell everybody that when they no longer use it, they can bring it back.