Singapore alone generates over 60,000 tonnes of electronic waste every year. A figure that massive is sure to send chills down your spine, especially when considering that it is the equivalent of each Singaporean disposing of a whopping 70 phones yearly. Our dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the years, a trend which shows no signs of slowing.
We are so quick to discard our electronic devices. Whether redundant or faulty; our electronic waste piles up in landfills and creates significant harm for the environment. Their toxic components, like lead and mercury, seep into our soil and waterbeds; contaminating them and destroying the entire ecosystems as a consequence.
Our resources are finite, and the earth's precious metals are quickly depleting. The smartphones we are so quick to discard contain upwards of 30 scarce elements. As our dependence on technology reaches its peak.
An alarming statistic has shown that a whopping 41.6% of people in the United States jump the gun and replace their cellular devices, despite it being in pristine condition. Our rampant consumerism has led to the destruction of our land, waterbeds, and the health of populations.