E-cycle Waste Management: The Door to a Cleaner Future

We live in the world of IoT, where manufacturers are continuously investing in how everything shall be done using mobile devices. This means the next generation of mobile devices are becoming increasingly complex, and at the same time, older generation devices such as laptops are suffering from a lower product lifecycle. We tend to buy new gadgets, and sometimes either keep the older ones or discard them in thrash.

This is particularly dangerous because older gadgets have dangerous metals like Mercury, lead, cadmium, lithium, copper, and arsenic, which if not disposed of properly, has harmful effects not only to you but also to the environment. Many manufacturers have initiated a buy-back recycle program, where the buyer is given discounts on new purchases of their products. But that is just roughly 1% of the manufacturers who have dedicatedly worked towards e-waste recycling. In developing countries, there is hardly any incentive to recycle e-waste, which causes a deluge of the unorganized sector for e-waste management, which in turn does more harm than good.

However, there are some important points to consider before you think to dispose off your old laptops.

  1. Wipe off all Your Personal Data:

Before discarding your laptops, do make sure that the hard-disk is erased completely. You do not want your personal photos/videos to land in the hands of anyone else.

  1. Do Not Discard Laptop Battery in the Thrash-Can

Laptop batteries are made up of Lithium-ion, which in the wrong hands, is an explosive device. Hence, before discarding, do make sure that the battery is properly disposed off separately.

  1. Reuse is Better than Recycle:

Rather than discarding the laptop completely, you can reuse the working components to build your own personal desktop or just an extended monitor device.

  1. Do Not Attempt to Disassemble Old Laptops without Proper Training:

Laptops contain harmful carcinogenic chemicals and metals in components, which may adversely harm you if you do not have proper training of the correct and safe way of disassembly. You can recycle old laptop by selling it to companies and make a profit of your old useless laptop easily.

Laptops also contain precious metals such as copper, aluminum and even gold in the housings. Hence, one can separate them to be given back to the government, so that precious metal mining can be reduced. E-waste recycling reduces the waste in the landfill, thus making landfill maintenance cheaper. The main reason as to why people avoid recycling e-waste is because it is time-consuming and tedious. Critical components recycling such as power-ICs and step-down transformer are universal in all gadgets. These need to be recycled and re-used in other components.

Mandatory regulations with respect to recycling of e-waste needs to be implemented. This would force manufacturers to follow important regulations and safety guidelines while processing e-waste. This would not only reduce the chances of accidentally poisoning of an individual but also make sure that there is proper recycling and re-use of the essential products. This would, in turn, bring down the overall cost of the manufacturing of new gadgets by re-using old components in it.

Learn About Plants and Trees for Survival

If you live in the countryside, you may already be familiar with many of the plants and herbs as well as trees and mosses that grow in the area. When planning for survival situations it is a good idea to stock up on knowledge of local flora and make a list in advance of your need. A note-book prepared in advance can be of incalculable help if or when the worst case scenario materialises. If now, when you have time and energy and resources available, you set out to study the area you spend most time in, researching the local plants and trees that grow there, you will find it extremely useful in a survival scenario. If you fail to carry good freeze dried food to sustain you in the wild, you won’t regret investigating…

Edible plants and herbs

You should start by drawing up a list of edible herbs, roots, berries and other plants in your vicinity. Go out and study the different vegetation in your local area; this is a good way to develop the skills of observation and recognition you might need in order to survive an emergency.A good working familiarity with the local vegetation will come in handy if you ever need to survive with nothing but a pocket-knife. There are many plants you can eat raw but beware because there are many plants out there that are poisonous. Plants that can be useful should be identified and jotted down in the note-book and you should do this as frequently as your schedule allows you. This is a good experience for you and your family to engage in because it teaches everyone the rules of nature and at the same time, enables you and your group to bond better.

Universal Edibility Test

This is a test designed by the U.S. Armed Forces and it describes the way to test plants for edibility by trying out different portions at a time for allergy reactions or poisons. There is no general way to know by looking at a plant if it is edible or not, the plant or plant parts need to be tested. This is done in stages where you try out different portions until you determine that they are safe or not. Do not try this with mushrooms unless you are an expert mushroom picker. Never eat berries that you are unfamiliar with. Colouring at times is nature´s warning system for protecting creatures from poisons, but it is not infallible. In this matter, careful preparation and good foreknowledge is the best advice.