Is your mobile important to you?
Is it valuable to you? Its value matters more than you think!
In fact, your smartphone contains 10 mg of gold.
Why? Let’s take a look inside…
A smartphone is made up of different components: housing (often plastic), battery, electronics (including the processor), screen, touchscreen and glass.
All of these components are composed of 50% metals, 40% plastics and synthetic materials, 10% glass and ceramics.
These different materials are made from natural resources (oil, metals and rare earths) to be extracted. The manufacture of a smartphone requires 220 kg of resources!
Knowing that the number of sales has been growing steadily (until the Covid crisis), it is estimated that by 2022 there would be 16 billion smartphones in the world.
The environmental consequences of smartphone manufacturing are significant: resource depletion, toxic emissions into the environment and greenhouse gas emissions…
Yes, your smartphone is valuable and rather twice as valuable as one. So take care of it, don’t replace it too quickly, get it repaired and give it a second life.
75% of the environmental impact of mobiles is due to their manufacture.
And the resources needed to manufacture them are far from being inexhaustible.
Let’s reduce our environmental impact for a sustainable digital world.
Data sources: Ademe, Statista (Gartner, The Radicati Group)
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