Electronic waste has been recognized as one of the most potent risks to environmental stability in recent times. We put our health at risk routinely, when we discard our phones, gadgets, and other electronic devices.
Beyond the impact on human health, it is also burdening that the amount of e-waste being discarded every year all around the world continues to increase, thereby increasing the number of resources that go into producing fresh electronic appliances/devices. This is why the United Nations continues to push for recycling of waste globally.
Of crucial importance as well, is the fact that there is an appreciable decline in the population of gorillas in their natural habitats. What does e-waste have to do with the lives of gorillas? Well, while searching for minerals and metals to be used in creating new phones and devices, gorillas are killed because, in their skins, coltan is found- a very precious substance used in the production of these electronic devices.
As a matter of fact, when we recycle about 30-40 mobile phones, we get enough of these materials back, and one less gorilla is killed. This helps our ecosystem more than we can imagine! This is why it would be preferable to sell your used iPhone than trash it: by selling it, you are reducing the risk of death of another gorilla, and protecting their communities from excessive mining. One more way to do good in the world, isn’t it?