Are Devices Built to Last or to Die?

In August 2022, The Washington Post released an analysis of 14 popular consumer devices, finding that most could stop working in 3-4 years because of irreplaceable batteries and half of them are designed to be thrown away. Having to upgrade your devices regularly can be a costly investment and poses negative impacts on our environment’s …

ITAD & Sustainability

According to the World Economic Forum, 50 million tons of e-waste are produced each year and is now known to be the fastest-growing waste stream issue in the world. By 2050, the amount of produced e-waste is expected to double, due to an increase in demand for devices. The volume of retired assets is also …

Fair Repair Act Passes in New York

Lifespan is thrilled to hear that just over a month ago the Fair Repair Act was passed in New York. This is the first state in the United States to pass an electronics Right to Repair bill. “Everyone in NY is going to benefit from this landmark legislation. We’ll all be able to fix the …

Tech Giant Apple Supports IT Recycling Initiatives

Lifespan is thrilled to hear tech giant Apple upgraded its robot technology back in 2021 to recover rare earth magnets that are destroyed in the shredding process. This upgrade allows their “Daisy” robot to disassemble 23 different iPhone models. Along with this upgrade, Apple has also made efforts to improve semi-automated tools including 3D-printed tools, …

Corporate Social Responsibility

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a self-regulating business model that helps a company or organization be socially accountable to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. (Investopedia, 2022). By practicing corporate social responsibility, companies can be conscious of the kind of impact they are having on all aspects of society, …

The Threat of E-Waste

What is E-Waste? Electronic waste or commonly referred to as e-waste are electronics that are nearing the end of their “useful life”. This ranges from laptops and computers to batteries and chargers. Furthermore, e-waste can also be defined as any discarded electronic with a battery, plug or power source, and features toxic and hazardous materials …

Apple Announces Self Service Repair

Lifespan is thrilled to hear that Apple has announced Self Service Repair! This provides consumers with the access to complete their own repairs with Apple genuine parts and tools. This is an excellent step in the right direction, standing by our right to repair and contributing to positive sustainability efforts—minimizing electronic waste. However, there are …

Repair, Don’t Waste!

Today, the world relies on electronic systems and devices that are essentially meant to last several years. Tons of natural resources are extracted each day to produce semiconductor chips and other related components. “These will eventually be mounted on printed circuit boards (PCB) and will effectively become the brain of most pieces of industrial technology,” …

Reduce E-Waste with a Universal Charging Standard

We all have a drawer full of old, tangled electronic devices chargers from the many devices we used to own. Each year, a new phone, tablet, laptop, etc., is introduced to consumers and with this new piece of technology, comes yet another cord. In September 2021, “The European Union proposed a new regulation that would …

Electronic Waste and The Circular Economy

Electronic devices are a key component in today’s world. The average household is likely to have purchased 100s of technology devices over the past decade. Cellphones, TVs, computers, tablets and gaming systems are not built to last a lifetime and choosing to repair such devices can be as costly as buying a replacement. “E-waste presents …