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Let's take a moment to think about how we can be better at safely recycling our electronic waste.
In 2019, the UN calculated that the world generated 53.6 Mt of e-waste – this translates to an average of 7.3 kg per person. According to the same study only 17% of global e-waste is documented to be recycled in environmentally sound facilities. So, what happens to the rest? Well, It ends up in bins, where it poses a big safety and environmental hazard, or it is stockpiled in drawers. You probably have your own little box of old devices, or mismatched cables that you kick into the cupboard when you have people round. Not only is this a messy safety hazard that takes up space, but did you know that you sit on a lot of unused value and precious resources! Raw materials (iron, gold, copper, etc.) locked in global e-waste represent a value of $47.6 billion USD (basically Tunisia’s GDP value 2021).
Don’t worry if this is the first time you’ve thought about recycling your old electronics —you’re far from alone! Please join us in an effort to recycle those small electronic devices that you no longer use but keep in drawers and cupboards. Not only will it de-clutter your space but it will do the planet a solid as well!
If you are unsure how to recycle, read below:
— Contact your local council to find e-waste collection points in your area — there are many municipal collection facilities
— Check your local supermarket or apartment building for dedicated e-waste containers
— Go to your local home appliance store, in the EU, retailers distributing Electrical and Electronic Equipment are required to offer in-store take back
— Check online for the closest solution
In 2022 Urbanears have taken the first steps on its journey towards a better sounding future (with many more steps still to be taken, we know). This is what has been done so far:
1. We work hard to make our products last longer and only design products that people love to use. Our newest products, Boo and Boo Tip come with eco-charging — a technology that prolongs the lifetime of the battery.
2. We’ve figured out that most people have at least one charging cable hanging around their house and more than half of people we asked said they do not need another one. So in 2022 we decided to stop including charging cables in the headphone box. This small change has cut the carbon footprint of Boo and Boo Tip by an estimated 3%! Don’t worry, if you need one, all you have to do is ask.
3. We are registered at local authorities and member of designated take-back collection system in applicable EU member states (WEEE). The fees paid cover the costs for collection, treatment and reuse or disposal of the product, battery and packaging in an environmentally sound way.