1. Never throw your mobile in the trash
Every time you strip your mobile to the garbage container you contribute to accumulate all its toxic and non-biodegradable elements in a landfill, from where they can be washed by the rains to the subsoil and from there pass to the aquifers and reach the sea or pollute lakes and rivers. Who knows if they can reach human consumption by direct route or by bioaccumulation in herbivorous animals or upper strata of the trophic chain.
Remember that plants are powerful bioaccumulators of mineral elements of the subsoil, since they absorb them by the roots and have them to concentrate on the leaves, which is precisely the part of which the herbivores feed. The normal thing is that in your area there is some clean point where you can leave your mobile to be properly recycled by the Administration. The OCU offers you a clean point finder. It's not that we have too many guarantees that it will be properly recycled, but at least it won't go straight to the landfill.
2. Contact a smartphone recycling NGO
There are several non-governmental organizations that will receive your enchanted mobile to remove it, extract the toxic parts, and also valuable ones, and turn them back into the manufacturing cycle, so that the current brutal extraction levels are reduced. TeloRecyclo, Movil Recicla or Amnesty International through your plan recycles your mobile are some of them. They allow us to send the device to a postal address and guarantee that it will be recycled to the maximum of its possibilities.
3. Don't change from mobile to tech novelty hit
Don't be taken by Apple's latest Keynote, or Samsung's previous Mobile World Congress, and try to maximize the life of your smartphone. Despite plans to trigger forced obsolescence at hit from iOS or Android updates, your mobile can live even if it goes a little slower than the neighbor's.
It is not normal for us to change an apparatus that costs us more than 300 euros, and it can reach 1,000 euros, every four years because it seems to us that it has become obsolete; it is not a fashion complement, it is a utilitarian. Additionally, if you break the screen or stop working the camera, etc., we can take it to one of the many stores where you can fix it for an affordable price.
4. Use reconditioned mobile
Just as you sell your mobile, you can buy another second-hand one that has been duly pointed. It's what we call a reconditioned mobile. Its reliability is high and will extend the life of the mobile currently in circulation. Plus you'll save yourself a good money even if you don't opt for the latest novelty. MPMarket is one of the refurbished mobile stores.
5. Pressure on the European Union to demand guarantees in the manufacture of mobile phones
You can do it through associations like Alboan, which makes this fight one of its main motivations, although it is not the only one. GreenPeace, AI and many others are also involved and on their websites you can find out how you can act. We must ensure that Brussels is more committed to the requirement in honest manufacturing processes and that they guarantee the non-provenance of these minerals from conflict-ridden countries such as Congo or others.
The United States has thanks to former President Obama ' Wall Street Act ' that imposes this guarantee on the domestic appliances sold in the country. Now, President Trump has set out to make it jump through the air and allow technology to be able to trade again with local militias from conflict-ridden countries, not just from Africa, which fund their wars with the trafficking of minerals.