Every gadget you casually toss helps destroy the planet—and lives. It’s time we think about the lasting effects of what we’re building and buying.
In February, a new smartphone launched in India that cost the equivalent of $3.60. The quickly dropping price of electronics, along with rising incomes around the world, means that there will soon be many more gadgets in the market. And when a newer, cheaper one comes along in a year, many more of them will end up as electronic waste.