E-waste and Obsolescence: Designing out toxicity Park, Miles en_US 2021-11-25T12:27:15Z 2021-11-25T12:27:15Z 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Electronic and electrical products have become indispensable and ubiquitous in many facets of our daily lives. The quantity with which electronic and electrical products are produced, consumed and discarded is growing rapidly. In addition, the lifespans of these products are getting shorter with many products still functioning when disposed of. Consequently, the combined result of shortened product lifespans with growing demand and consumption of electronic and electrical products, in both developed and developing countries is the escalating growth in end-of-life electrical and electronic products. Electronic waste (e-waste) is highly toxic and is the fastest growing waste stream. Unlike many other categories of waste, e-waste has particularly unique qualities. It not only contains many highly toxic substances it also contains valuable materials and precious metals. This study highlights particular aspects of obsolescence and e-waste processing which have implications for the design of electronic and electrical products in our throwaway society. It investigates growing concerns about the flows of e-waste from industrialised countries to the developing world where hazardous recycling takes place by a burgeoning informal sector. Many of whom are marginalized social groups who resort to e-waste recycling for income and survival. Furthermore, this paper outlines the opportunities for efficient and economical resource recovery and how the design of electronic and electrical products can contribute to improve the integrity and value of recyclates and facilitate safe and efficient end-of-life resource recovery. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9786165515696 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Design Research Society (DRS) en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other informal e-waste sector en_US
dc.subject.other e-waste en_US
dc.subject.other obsolescence en_US
dc.title E-waste and Obsolescence: Designing out toxicity en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand, en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceLocation Bangkok, Thailand en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceProceedingsTitle Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceYear 2012 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 1434-1442 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Park, Miles, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW en_US School of Built Environment *
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 120305 Industrial Design en_US
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