Will Wearable Electronics Get Recycled
Basic information on wearable electronics:
These days there are even more electronics that are available known as wearable electronics; this is a fashion trend that is growing for several reasons. With that being said, consumers are way too excited for all of this before it is really even perfected or used for the right and best purposes such as educational uses, medical uses, military uses and more. The idea of wearing electronics is not far-fetched or insane because most of us carry around a smart phone.
As of now, the next big thing is smart glasses from Google. The market for smart clothing is rather large, and it just grows with each passing day. These items are predicted to use most in helping others with medical issues such as fitness and health. Because of this, it is estimated that during the year of 2017 they will ship out about one hundred and sixty nine and a half million devices that are wearable. This is way more than the prediction of twenty something million to be shipped back in the year of 2011. Devices like these would be extremely useful, because they would be able to monitor the heart rate at all times as well as the temperature of the body and even record all sessions when we exercise.
E-waste driven by the Fashion Industry:
The amount of waste that we create now is massive, and more needs to be done to help take care of this issue. For example, there are very few people in this world that actually keep their clothing items in their closet and wear them over and over again until they are worn out. The rate at which things change in the world of fashion is like blink of any eye; there is always something new, something you need, something you have to get rid of, etc. With electronic fashion, what happens when something becomes outdated on it or when you no longer have a use for it–are you going to just throw it out? E-waste itself is already a huge problem, and even though there are a lot of pros and positive aspects to wearable technology, it may lead to other issues and even higher rates of waste.
In regards to this issue, Community Outreach Specialist Fredella Surjono from All Green Electronics Recycling has stated: “as we become increasingly dependent on electronics to make life more convenient, we must also remember to be responsible consumers: Reduce- Ask yourself, do I really need an extra gadget?, Reuse- is the electronic at the end of its lifecycle?, Recycle- Educate yourself and be aware of responsible e-waste recyclers that are e-stewards certified.” Being aware of these “three R’s” can help us lessen the e-waste we put into the environment. And, there is a lot of improvement to be made.
Believe it or not, according to the EPA, all throughout the United States only twenty five percent of the one hundred and eight one million electronic devices thrown away are actually recycled; this was recorded during the year of 2009. All of the electronic devices that were found included a variety of televisions, cell phones, computers and more. You should recycle your old electronics, because there are parts from them that can be reused to make new items which go back out on the market; it costs less to re-
make something with parts from here and there than making something brand new. Everything is not known about wearable technology yet, but don’t worry because the wait won’t be much longer.
Companies like All Green Electronics Recycling are currently working hard to lessen the impact of e- waste. As an e-Stewards certified recycling company, All Green Electronics Recycling makes sure that all collected electronics equipment is “recycled with the highest standards for environmental protection, worker health safety, data privacy, and facility security.”
Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of RecyclingQuotes.com, a company that works with All Green Electronics Recycling, states that: “All Green Electronics Recycling is becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to All Green Electronics Recycling to provide information on the best practices for recycling. As we make recycling more social, it becomes a social responsibility, and we are doing our best to promote recycling companies to the social communities in which they operate,” added Mr. Amon.
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Company Name: All Green Electronics Recycling
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