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A good marketing campaign can be an incredibly powerful weapon. The popularity of the "designated driver" message was the result of a powerful and common sense marketing campaign. What if we use the same tactics with e-waste?
What if we could re-appropriate our old devices and make something cool with them instead of throwing them away? Enter The Hacker's Cookbook and learn how.
Refinement: What if we had a Hacker's Kitchen where people could meet, learn and build?
Apply an old school method of ensuring beverage container reuse/recycling to consumer electronics. Have consumers pay an extra deposit when purchasing electronics that they will be refunded for recycling.
Be prepared to chip in to keep the earth green.
Have you ever found yourself having to resist from buying the hot, next-generation device when your old one was working just fine? If you manage to hold off, you'll get your green points back!
How many people in your town, including you, know about e-cycling? Why is there a lack of awareness when the increasing amount of e-waste is a serious problem throughout the world? The E-Cycle Truck aims to educate and facilitate e-cycling!
"(e)waste not" is a booth at farmers' markets where people can learn about the hazards of e-waste and electronics production, how to responsibly dispose of their electronics, and how to reuse, repair or repurpose them.
Companies redefine their business model so that they take responsibility of the material from the beginning of the process (before adding value to it) to the end (when device is not in use anymore); they sell services to consumers instead of devices.
Encouraging companies who create electronics take it back and take responsibility for zero waste manufacturing. This would give them reusable materials and opportunity to innovate on not only products, but services.
Consumers often don't need electronics that are state of the art, and refurbished tvs, cell phones, and computers would be valuable as a cheap alternative for people who don't have the "cabbage" to spring for the latest and greatest tech.
This box is designed for a drop-off for cords and chargers and to be placed in local stores and shops. People can bring in their chargers for their old phones or cords that they no longer need to drop them off at the box for others who may need them.
When individuals buy a new cellphone, they’re left with the phone, manuals, a box, and packing materials. Unfortunately, most consumers throw away these boxes and packing materials. Why not use them to return the cellphones being replaced?
A service that allows the average joe to be able to go in the nearest coffee shop or local watering hole and get advice on their computer or electronic updates, so they don't have to buy new and can fix their electronics.
This may sound unusual & "interventionist" at first, but once you think about it, it's actually not asking for much: People who want to buy a new device could be required to return ("buycycle") an old one in order to be granted the right to purchase.
At the end of a mobile phone's (first) life a data transfer and elimination service will encourage users to hand in their old phones to be re-used, re-furbished or re-cycled without having to worry that personal data is either lost or misused.