We live in a wired world at the height of a digital age. But even if our technologies have advanced at lightning speed in recent decades, our bodies remain unchanged and in many ways, ill-adapted to a fully plugged-in lifestyle. This mismatch between man and machine is never more clear than in the pursuit of quality sleep. An understanding of how electronics affect sleep is the first step toward healthier living in the digital era.
Every year we throw away 11.7 million tons of e-waste, which is any electronic waste that is either obsolete or no longer wanted. With the amount of global e-waste expected to grow by 8 percent per year, we can’t afford to toss everything in the trash and contribute more and more to growing landfills. The good news? Our highly prized electronics are made of plastics, glass, and other materials that can be recycled and made into new items. Alternatively, you can give new life to slightly outdated laptops, monitors, printers, and more by donating them to schools, thrift stores, non-profit charities, or refurbishers. So before you toss those batteries in the trash or kick your old TV to the curb, read on for tips to responsibly donate or recycle your used electronics.
The electronic waste is getting out of our hands. Every 18 months we change mobile phones and our computers every 2 years. Are we aware of what are they made of and where do they end up? And most importantly: What can we, as individuals, do to reduce it?
Below you’ll find an infographic Digital Doc of Chesterfield made with some numbers and solutions we can contribute to control the E-waste problem.
“Every year millions of tons of discarded electronic waste – computers, television sets, mobile phones, household appliances – are shipped illegally to India, China or Africa. This film spans the world to reveal how greed and corruption are ruining the globe’s legal recycling systems, damaging the environment, creating security risks and endangering human health. Can the toxic tide be stemmed, or are too many people willingly turning a blind eye?”
Originally Published on Next Door Self Storage
Everyone is need of storing items at one point or another, but do you know what to put it in or at what temp you should try and keep it? This infographic from Next Door Self Storage gives you the rundown on storing anything from food to electronics.
Many of us assume that a lot of things can just be tossed in a box or plastic container and it will be alright, but things like beauty products and medication require more particular instructions. It’s important to take things like necessary insulation into consideration, and be aware of what the chances are something might break or get disfigured. Don’t get caught ruining your items when you think you’re putting them away for safekeeping.