eWaste Facts Regarding Heavy Metals

e-Waste facts:

1. The MacBook Air has advanced power management even regulating the processor between keystrokes, reducing the power used between the letters you type. Today’s gadgets are being designed to use less electricity and produce less hazardous waste.

2. An ENERGY STAR light bulb uses about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and lasts at least 6 times longer. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with one that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year.

3. It takes 7 gallons of water to produce the average printed book, while a digital publication is created with only 2 cups of water. Reading your favorite books from a tablet or e-reader not only gives you more freedom for portable fiction, but also is better for the environment.

4. The environment and tech can go together when you dispose of electronics correctly. You can still have the latest gadgets as long as you’re sensible with their disposal when you’re done. Donate electronics to local recycling centers or trade-in with NextWorth.

5. In 2010 alone, 152 million mobile phones were discarded in the U.S. – 135 million thrown away and only 17 million recycled.

6. The average mobile phone battery contains 3.5 grams of copper.

7. In 14 and a half seconds, the sun provides as much energy to the Earth as humanity uses in a day.

8. 1 wind turbine generates enough electricity to power 250 homes.

9. NYC’s Bryant Park includes a public charging station that uses an 85-watt solar panel to charge cell phones.

10. Over 70% of Washington’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power.

Source: NextWorth