The Environmental Impact of our Digital Devices
Electronic waste has a severe impact on the environment, so it’s time to rethink our current methods of electronics disposal.
As one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the United States and globally, electronic waste (e-waste) poses unique challenges to the environment that must be mitigated.
According to the EPA, around 2.7 million tons of e-waste were generated in the United States in 2018, so one can only imagine how high that figure has gotten since their last report. Moreover, they found that in 2013, the average American household had 28 electronic products, on average. All of those old computers, laptops, cell phones and monitors end up being designated as e-waste at one point or another, sometimes much earlier than anticipated.