The Conscious Shopper

Love Our Planet

It’s impossible to imagine a life without smartphones but it’s easy to overlook the impact that using your smartphone is having on our planet.

Did you know?

Manufacturing the average smartphone is estimated to create around 16kg of CO2 equivalent emissions. If you then add the amount of power the phone consumes over two years of average use then that figure rises to 22kg, but there’s also much more to consider.

All smartphones contain hazardous materials like bromine, chlorine, lead and mercury, while more than 1,000 components are made of metals like gold, tin, lithium and tantalum, which, although not poisonous, cause huge damage through land degradation and mining. There are also other ethical considerations to take into account, such as whether the minerals required to build a smartphone have been sourced from countries where workers are not paid properly, treated fairly or where there are human rights abuses or conflicts.

Why buy pre-loved?

It’s impossible to imagine a life without smartphones but it’s easy to overlook the impact that using your smartphone is having on our planet. Throughout our lives we leave footprints, some literal and some metaphorical. We generate carbon emissions through our possessions (such as smartphones) which is known as carbon footprint and our carbon footprint contributes to climate change.

The carbon footprint of a smartphone is broken into two areas, 1. Manufacturing of the phone and 2. The actual use of the phone. If people started using Pre-Loved devices instead of new ones we could save tons of carbon dioxide every year. It would also reduce the electronic waste polluting our planet. When we reuse and recycle instead of manufacturing new devices we become carbon neutral.

It all starts with you, one step at a time.