Needless to say that it’s annoying
to see different standards of charging.
Big companies signed a voluntary memorandum of understanding in 2009. Apple, you also signed this MoU but nothing happened.
E-waste is a growing problem, and the rapid improvements of devices is only making it worse. We use a gadget for a while and discard it once the new model comes out, which, of course, has a brand-new port, rendering your massive collection of charging cables virtually useless.
Inextricably linked with today’s electronic devices are different chargers and cables. It’s obvious that these products are just created to maximize profits for manufacturers of devices and accessories.
Electronic devices are a complex mixture of several hundred materials. A mobile phone, for example, contains 500 to 1,000 components. Many of these contain toxic heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Beryllium, as well as hazardous chemicals, such as brominated flame retardants. Polluting PVC plastic is also frequently used.
To just declare the saying
Leave this world a little better than you found it.
(Robert Baden-Powell)to a company’s commitment doesn’t work.
It’s about time to regulate by law.
Look at the image I took with my iPhone 6s Plus. It shows my e-loot and a chaotic approach to charge batteries.
Here’s what you find on the image:
1 iPhone 6s Plus
12 Watt charger + USB-Lightning cable
2 Apple Watch
5 Watt charger + USB-Cable for wireless charging
3 Nokia 6.1
7.5 Watt charger + USB-USB-C cable
4 Microsoft Surface Pro4
25 Watt charger + special cable
5 Lumia 550
5 Watt charger + USB-Micro USB cable
No, if you don’t want to buy all these accessories twice because your devices also need to be fed when you’re in your office.
EU to study need for action
on common mobile phone charger
The sad aftermath
The small picture in my collage shows the landfill Agbogbloshie, aka Sodom. It’s part of the Ghanaian capital Accra and filled with 250kTons of e-waste from Europe every year.
A new device every year?
Well, then you’re also an essential part of the problem.
Thanks for reading.