Having a “greener” lifestyle is becoming more and more mainstream these days. Recycling, minimizing things like single use plastics, and simply using less are on many more people’s radar than they used to be. Not too long ago, we shared some ideas on how to have a greener classroom (inspired by our friend Jon over at Green Lifestyle Changes).
There’s also lots of green technology out there. That is, technology devoted to alternative resource use, or items being designed to use as little energy and physical pieces as possible. But what about the materials that go into our beloved technology? And what about recycling them? Technology changes so rapidly these days. Our need and desire for the latest model sometimes cause us to quickly discard our once trusted devices for the next best thing or the newer model, leaving outdated gadgets with a shelf life in some cases of a matter of months.
The handy infographic below takes a look at how our love of technology is affecting our environment and why is it important we alter our recycling habits.
Rare Earth Elements
How Do We Use Rare Earth Elements?
So why do REEs matter? They are used for so many pieces of technology, such as:
Companies in Japan are leading the way with REE recycling programs – Honda and Hitachi are just two
Despite these issues it is still hugely important to recycle your electronics, due to the very low volume of new REEs around the globe.