To create a truly sustainable technology, we need to achieve sustainability in all three components of technology, hardware, software and information.
Up to now, the focus has been primarily on hardware, the body of technology or e-waste.
Colossal amounts of energy, hazardous and finite materials are needed to mine and produce the hardware equipment.
Disposal and recycling of e-waste can expose highly toxic chemicals.
The growing demand combined with a linear Take-Make-Waste philosophy are fuelling the global e-waste.
According to The Global e-Waste Monitor, in 2019, the world generated 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of e-waste, an average of 7.3kg per capita; almost, doubling in 16 years.
Only 17% of e-waste is recycled (approx. only $10 billion out of $57 billion raw materials).
2030 projected e-waste is 74.7 Mt.
There are initiatives towards easy reuse, refurbishing, recycling and reverse logistics of hardware.
However, a fully sustainable technology, extends and accelerates these efforts towards “Just-right” architecture and stimulates practical reusability.
Let’s strive to achieve sustainability across all three components of technology.
Let’s discuss and collaborate to build a better future,
Sally M Solaymantash