Last updated on 20/01/2020
Gadget Collection Hobbies
Gadget Collection Hobbies, look at your drawer or cupboard, how many old unused gadgets are piled up there?
This apparently is a tendency in itself, which is actually bad for the sustainability of devices and technological developments.
According to a survey in the United Kingdom Gadget Information, 40 million units of gadgets are estimated to just sit there without being used again by their owners.
The study involving 2,353 people was conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Specifically, it was found that 51 percent of households in the United Kingdom had at least one electronic device that was no longer in use. Even 45 percent still have up to five unused gadgets.
The gadgets or devices included in this survey include cellphones or smartphones, computers, smart TVs, MP3 players, and e-readers.
Of the respondents surveyed, 82 percent said they did not plan to sell or recycle the gadget even though it was no longer in use, partly because of concerns about the data in it (37 percent) and did not know how to recycle the old technology (29 percent). This is where problems arise.
Surveys said this could trigger the scarcity of elements needed in the manufacture of mobile phones within the next 100 years.
It also noted that cell phones have at least 30 natural features that are difficult to replace artificially.
Six of them, namely gallium, arsenic, silver, indium, yttrium, and tantalum, are predicted to become increasingly scarce in the next 100 years, with a number of other elements also threatened its survival.
Moreover, some of these elements, such as tin, gold, tungsten, and tantalum, are mined in conflict areas and often involve underage workers.
With the tendency of more and more people to buy technology today, even many and diverse types of young people, the RSC also warned that the threat associated with scarcity could be more complicated in the development of technology in the future.
“Scientists have been trying to find a breakthrough solution, by researching substitute elements that can replace the rare components in the gadget in the long run, or by discovering new chemical methods to extract valuable materials and reuse them.
But we can all, and must, try better (in the use of gadgets), “said RSC CEO Robert Parker.
In a particular context, reuse and recycling is the best option for all of us, even though recycling it is still complicated to extract these valuable elements from legacy devices.
So, we all have to act, from government, manufacturing, and retailers, to ensure reuse and recycling become more comfortable.