The average European gets a new smartphone every two years, with estimates suggesting that only 8.5% of old phones in the EU are recycled. Lack of software updates, broken screens and unreplaceable batteries are some of the reasons for such frequent changes of phones. A recent study estimated that 70kg of natural resources are needed to manufacture just one smartphone. That includes conflict minerals, rare earths, metals and plastics, whose extraction, manufacture and transport pollute our air, water and soil.
With an ever-increasing volume of e-waste produced, campaigners are asking the European Commission to take action on product design; more specifically, to increase the durability, reparability and recyclability of products.
Take the problem into your own hands! Check out these tips shared by our friends at ifixit to repair your phone and give it a longer life.
Willing to go the extra mile? Join the dumbphone campaign by asking the European Commission to take action on product durability within the Ecodesign Directive. Share the letter sent by Zero Waste Europe to President Juncker in 2018 as part of the Coolproducts campaign led by NGOs ECOS and the EEB.