Image by law_keven via Flickr
It is the fashion these days to show concern with the state of the environment. Rampant use of the Earth's resources have wreaked havoc on the environment. Pollution has become a by-product of manufacturing activities.
To save the environment one of the solutions being implemented is recycling of materials from electronic waste.
The activity of recycling is a process which involves four steps:
- Collection of discarded products
- Processing: Extracting the materials from the e-waste and sorting the materials into homogeneous types.
- Manufacturing: Using the extracted materials in the production of new products.
- Purchase: Manufacturers market the products and the consumers purchase the products made from recycled materials.
And so we suspect behind all these a strategy of planned obsolescence which may be seen as artificial and intended to shorten the natural lifetime of electronic products.
On the other hand, repair and restoration of electronics products encourages reuse which reduces the need to manufacture new products as replacements. The reduction in production requirements would also reduce pollution that may arise from the manufacturing process.
Product repair also gives the customer the option to delay purchase on new appliances and earn savings.