Statistically, the number of mobile phone users in the world is estimated to be about 4.68 billion in 2019. Cool, right? People are getting more connected, and there should be no better news than that. All that’s required is the production of more materials to create phones as the number of mobile phone users continues to increase.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Have you thought about what it costs the earth when more and more mobile phones are churned out?
A good example is the fact that in 2009, 300 gorillas were killed in Southern DRC so as to get Coltan from them for the production of mobile phones. Now, about 10 years later, the number of gorillas killed per year has all but increased by up to ten times.
If you sell your Samsung phone or recycle it, you do the world so much benefit, instead of disposing of it. Most cell phones use essential materials like coltan, tungsten, tin, and gold extracted out of mines in the Congo Basin. To extract these minerals, miners often have to cut down forests and destroy gorilla habitats; destroying wildlife in the process. When there is a new purchase of an electronic device and the old device is thrown away, all the valuable components of the old device are wasted.
One of the major ways to help our wildlife enjoy their habitats, and reduce e-waste is to mitigate our demands for new disposable gadgets by recycling previously used ones.