202114 Sep

Reducing the environmental impact of electronics manufacturing

Summary

Printer ink cartridges, unrepairable consumer electronics, slightly modified academic textbooks, low-quality clothing, low-quality light bulbs with shortened life spans, and yearly vehicle updates, are just a few examples of obsolescence in action, too. This might look different depending on the organisation and operation in question, but the idea ultimately is to improve processes - and materials sourcing - to find safer and less impactful alternatives. In electronics manufacturing specifically, there’s a host of materials used to build devices and technologies, some incredibly rare and difficult to source, and others more harmful - whether to the environment or people. The long breakdown periods have also resulted in e-waste graveyards, designed specifically for electronic waste, and opportunistic dumping grounds for similar materials. Even while considering the challenges presented here, it’s quite clear that electronics manufacturing, and similar industries, have a net negative impact on the environment.

Source: Electronicspecifier

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