Electronic product life spans are getting shorter, an investigation of built-in obsolescence for the German environment agency has indicated.
When your toaster breaks, or your vacuum, or even your laptop, it's often cheaper to buy a replacement than attempt a repair. That's one reason the world throws out more than 50 million tons of gadgets each year. But a new French law is trying to push manufacturers to start designing products that are easier to fix.
The Spanish government has implemented targets for electronics manufacturers to reuse electronic products, in addition to the already existing recycling targets. The new decree requires manufacturers to prepare electronics for reuse. Spain has thus become the first country in the European region to set target for electronics reuse. The decree aims to overcome the shortcomings identified in the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
A judge at the National Labor Relations Board has found T-Mobile US guilty of engaging in nationwide labour law violations against workers. The unprecedented ruling comes following a rare move by the NLRB consolidating multiple complaints against T-Mobile US for illegal actions and policies in Albuquerque, N.M.; Wichita, Kans.; Charleston, S.C., and New York City.
O2 Recycle has unveiled a prototype mobile phone made using pulped grass and recycled phone parts. The initiative was commissioned by ‘Recycle for Rugby’. As such, the grass comes from the pitch at Twickenham Stadium – the home of the England Rugby Team. The phone uses the blades of grass for the casing, and locally-sourced wood for the buttons.