Thursday, December 28, 2006
The mobile phone, one more enemy for Earth
In Belgium (and that must be about the same thing in the neighbor countries), the average lifetime of a mobile phone is around 18 months. Briefly, a belgian mobile is abolished every 10 seconds! In one year, that represents 3 million devices. Among them, only 2% will be recycled.
The WWF's belgian website mentions other unimaginables consequences: wars for the precious substances in Congo, forced child work and doubtful working conditions, poaching, deforestation, resources' exploitation and destruction, accumulation of waste. The website also claims health risks for the people in contact with the raw materials and of course, there are problems with the transport: 5 to 6% of the mobile's ecological footprint are allotted to the transport.
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