The world has to make big changes to protect our environment. Obviously we want the advances that new technology provides us, but we need to continue to strive towards a better, more responsible, greener future. Each year, world leaders attend international summits to discuss the challenges ahead, and how we all do something to change the way we live and make this a greener world.
It’s a significant problem, and one that we have to take responsibility for. Last year, just under 100 million mobile phones were bought. Almost all of them were to replace pre-existing mobiles. That’s an awful lot of waste, and now we are starting to see the effects, with mountains of unwanted, unused mobile phones developing around the western world.
This is a tragedy, particularly since most of these phones are perfectly good. They work absolutely fine, and whilst we live in a world of choice and excess, there are many people in other countries who are not so lucky.
At Mazuma Mobile, we have worked hard to find ways to recycle phones. We try to resell all the phones traded with us to markets in developing countries, where the cost of a mobile phone may be prohibitive. Any phones that still remain unwanted dispose of in the greenest way possible.
The task of dealing with the worlds’ environmental waste cannot be dealt with if you sell old mobile phones, but it is at least a start.