First entry to the series: ‘The life cycle of electronics’
The time has come – after some research work, the setup of a small video studio and detailed video editing techniques with many helpers, the first video has been created!
Listen to a few words about the idea of the series: it shall illuminate the background to electronics to create a basis for further discussions and projects. Within this foundation, the lifecycle of electronics will be considered with topics such as: Mining, supply chains, consumer behavior, recycling and repair.
It is all about the question: How fair and sustainable are electronics in reality?
The video is in german, though there are english undertitles!
The research on mining was overwhelming! How could it be otherwise with so many different materials that are used in a wide variety of electronics? The topic is very complex and a 2-3 minutes video unfortunately does not do it justice. Therefore I can now present to you part 1 of the series: ‘Mining’.
Here is a short explanation of what we are talking about when we talk about electronics and which raw materials are referred to in the video. For more detail: There is a ‘Roadmap 2023’ from Fairphone: there is a detailed explanation in which raw materials they give more attention to regarding fair supply chains. Who is interested in more detail: There is a Roadmap 2023 from Fairphone: which raw materials they refer to for which reasons regarding fair supply chains. It shows an interesting overview about the resources and is an example of defined criteria for sustainable and fair resources procession, including the problems that go along with it.
After that, mining itself is briefly discussed to get a brief picture of the actual mining itself. The picture is related to the previously discussed metals and minerals. This gives a rough outline of the mass of raw materials we need. Following deforestation is being introduces as an ecological problem, which comes into play as an example of social follow-up problems. Now this uncomfortable truth is connected with the future scenarios of our potential raw material consumption and remains undiscussed with the reference to the next video. Enjoy!