Today the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have become an indispensable part of our society with an ever-growing demand.
After use, the EEE is discarded as waste, referred to as WEEE or e-waste.
The growing demand combined with a linear Make-Use-Waste philosophy are fuelling the global e-waste.
So far, the circular economy community has been focused on e-waste or hardware.
However, technology has three co-dependent components Hardware, Software and Information.
Software and information/knowledge must also be assessed and safeguarded.
All energy and resources used to create the systems get (structurally) wasted. Each software solution is only compatible with proprietary hardware technology, limiting reuse potential. Meanwhile, knowledge from old systems are never fully transferred across upgrades, leading to knowledge erosion.
With a world so dependent on technology, to create a truly sustainable circular economy, technology has to be assessed in its entirety.
We need to create sustainable circular technology before we can fully accomplish sustainable circular economy.
Let’s talk and collaborate to build a better future,
Sally M Solaymantash