e-waste is a huge problem

Dematerialization: Is it time to rent, not buy, electronics?

E-waste, or electronic waste, is extremely harmful to people, wildlife, and the planet. And it is a growing problem.

“Which is why some experts are calling for a radical overhaul of electronics manufacturers’ business model.

“Innovation is very much needed in order to reuse as much as possible,” said Ruediger Kuehr, director of the Sustainable Cycles Program at UNU and one of the Global E-waste Monitor’s authors.

Kuehr believes we need to “dematerialize” the electronics sectors – instead of buying and owning the latest tech we should lease the devices we use, with manufacturers shifting their model to providing a service instead of material goods.”




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