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The Human Cost of Electronics: Who Pays the Price?

Not only is it wasteful to upgrade your phone every year or 2 years, it’s also hurting those who make it:

Brands should take responsibility for supply chain responsibility, but SO ARE GOVERNMENTS.

There are three groups at fault here: Brands, Us and the Governments.

That poor girl who said that she was sent home and denied compensation because it wasn’t considered a workplace hazard.

It’s also harmful to those who use electronics, so we aren’t immune.

Thanks to Liquid for tweeting this.

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Posted on November 16, 2013

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  1. Morgaine

    I’m trying to make my cell phones last at least 2 years, preferably 3, but they don’t make cell phones to last anymore. My blackberry was so slow by year 2 that I couldn’t do anything with it other than make calls (but I couldn’t take the data plan off?!?) so I upgraded. But when my Google phone broke, I bought a refurbished Galaxy 2 (as opposed to a brand new Galaxy 4 at the time) and I’m trying to get to at least 2 years with this one. I blame conspicuous consumption (and like you said the companies and governments). Everyone seems to want the lastest phone/gadget these days and since we (as society) generally don’t keep the phones past a year or so, the companies probably make them purposefully not to last, even though they can cost $500 and up to purchase.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      And then they fill them with benzene which is a carcinogen…

  2. tomatoketchup

    For me, it works out better financially to upgrade my iPhone every year. I have a family plan with 3 members; the other 2 people have simple flip phones for basic calls (they don’t even text). I pay for the entire thing. Every year, I alternate upgrades to get a discounted iPhone, and since they hold their value so well, I sell the old one for more than what I initially paid for it. If the cell phone company gave me a discount off of my monthly plan once the 2 year subsidy on the phone ran out, then I would keep the old phone as long as possible. But since they don’t do that, I end up making a few dollars each year and am always under a 1 year warranty every time I upgrade.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      As long as someone else is using the old phones, I guess it’s not so bad as buying a new one. That said, no cellphone is benzene-free, which means any smartphone / cellphone is giving off toxic fumes in small amounts.

  3. SarahN

    I WILL put up with a sticky home button on my BF’s ex phone – it’s one less phone being bought, and expended.

    It’s chilling that there’s not even a Benzene free option available…

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Very chilling. I’m kind of happy we only have one phone between the two of us. BF rarely uses it too, so we’re fine.

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