How the Circular Economy Could Solve the Smartphone-Waste Problem

It’s estimated that the production of a typical smartphone uses the equivalent of approximately 160 bathtubs full of water. The manufacturing process is energy-intensive, too, with the production of an average smartphone emitting 60 kilograms of carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, smartphone manufacturing is the third-largest contributor to US greenhouse-gas emissions, after transportation and electric power. A recent article in Business Insider suggests that Circular Economy may offer a solution for cutting down on waste and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions: