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Upcycling – Do You Know What It Means For The Planet?

Climate change is now at the forefront of everything we do and the aim is to drive down the effects of this increasing problem on our planet.  We have produced this Blog to focus on a new method of recycling – called ‘Upcycling’.  Some of you may be familiar with the term, but it is worth taking a closer look at the exciting new ways in which old tech devices such as used mobiles can be put to good use.

New Devices and the Environment

Smartphones and tablets are just some of the items of technology that are made up of parts that harm the environment when they are extracted. Mining these rare-earth metals gives off harmful emissions which are toxic to animal and plant life. It could also have serious health implications for people.

Sometimes when new technology is released, it can often lead to old devices becoming out of date. This means that a lot of old devices end up in the bin and contribute to the e-waste crisis. E-waste leads to significant environmental damage because the toxic liquids and gases leak into the ground and atmosphere, spreading poison into the environment.

Evidence shows that every year the volume of waste is increasing and there are no signs of this dropping. According to Global E-waste Monitor, more than 50 million tons of electronics are thrown away each year.  Only 17 percent is recycled.

The waste created will have a long-lasting negative impact on our planet. Landfill sites and Incinerators pollute the environment and it is estimated that by 2030 annual e-waste is expected to reach as much as 74 million tons.  

What is Upcycling and how are TMT First involved?

There are a few ways to reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment. Repairing is the most preferable approach and here at TMT First we can repair almost any Samsung or Apple smartphone, tablet, or wearable device.

A slightly different method of Recycling is called Upcycling.  Along with its global manufacturing partner Samsung, TMT First is proud to form part of a bigger picture in the world of recycling and looking at different ways to look after our environment. Samsung’s upcycling initiative is gaining popularity and is perfectly illustrated here.

We strive to be ambassadors in the fight to keep tech alive, repairable and reusable for as long as technically and physically possible.

The latest initiative of Upcycling is seeing a different approach to recycling.  Here the product life-spans are increased and their valuable resources recycled.

The Upcycling method allows for used smartphones to be reborn as various IoT (Internet of Things) devices.  They are transformed into smart home devices such as long-distance remotes to turn lights on and off at home, remote listening devices to monitor babies sleeping, or even keeping an eye on pets at home. These upcycled devices can even be turned into cheap medical monitors that can detect eye disease, thus preventing blindness in people.

Another form of upcycling, especially for waste plastic, can be witnessed in the textile industry.  The Danish textile brand ‘Kvadrat’ is just one of these far-thinking companies that use recycled waste plastic in the production of their textiles. In turn, this helps to reduce landfills, preserves energy, and substitutes scarce resources, such as oil.

The above illustrates just a few examples of Upcycling.  As we move into the future there will hopefully be more ways in which this method can help us to become more sustainable and in turn look after our planet.

What is TMT First doing to combat the issue of sustainability?

At TMT First, we have a core business ethos of reuse by repairing smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. We aim to prevent older devices from becoming obsolete by prolonging their life. We repair a large range of Samsung and Apple models, so you don’t have to replace them by buying new products, which would harm the environment.

Our repair services are available online for smaller repair enquiries, but we also have a business support team that can help with larger quantities of repairs.

TMT First strongly advocates the ‘Our Planet First’ initiative and has partnered with Ecologi. Every time the coupon code ‘OurPlanetFirst’ is used at checkout, you will receive £5 discount on your repair and we will donate £5 to Ecologi. Ecologi will then on our behalf plant 40 trees across the globe. You can read more about how to get involved here.

Talk To Us

Be part of this exciting future! Don’t let your faulty and broken device go to waste. If you have any questions regarding our repair process, please feel free to contact our support team here.