The mess we've gotten ourselves into

XV.2 March + April 2008
Page: 16
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SUSTAINABLY OURSSituated sustainability for mobile phones


Authors:
Elaine Huang, Khai Truong

Worldwide sales of mobile phones are expected to exceed one billion by the year 2009 [1]. In 2006, 143 million mobile phones were sold in the United States alone [2], and a 2007 study showed that American consumers use their phones for only an average of 17.5 months before replacing them [3]. Despite the global proliferation of phones, only 5 percent of phones are ever recycled [2], thus leading to a massive potential problem of e-waste. Phones as Disposable Technology? There is an increasingly common trend of acquiring technologies, most notably consumer electronics, with the expectation that they…




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