From smartphones to computers…
When technology breaks the default behavior is “get a new one.”
But now there’s a growing movement to cut back on the vast amount of electronic waste produced each year.
To that end, some computer manufacturers have begun working toward giving consumers the ability to fix broken products.
The Digital Docs, along with many other qualified repair centers around the globe, are part of a growing movement to refurbish desktops and laptops every year that would’ve otherwise ended up being junked. If they don’t qualify for repair, they will be ethically recycled (sent to a recycler that breaks down all the components and precious metals for re-use.)
Something to keep in mind if you’re buying a new computer.
According to one estimate, the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste last year — equivalent to the weight of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2.
By recycling or refurbishing, we can ALL do our small part to minimize the environmental impact of our culture’s mammoth-sized addiction to new electronics.
When in doubt, consider repairing OR recycling to help save the planet.
Stephen Bach is the owner and chief of surgery at The Digital Docs in Marblehead.