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A guide to the circular economy of digital devices

This guide is divided into 13 modules, and illustrated through case studies. It describes the concepts, processes and some of the major challenges to circularity, summarises the key challenges and opportunities, including for policy advocacy.

A guide to the circular economy of digital devices

What is the evolution of our digitally connected world? Let’s hope the future does not follow the...

Module 1: The environmental impact of a digital device

In 10 years’ time, digital devices will account for nearly a quarter of global emissions, with th...

Module 2: Meeting the needs of the future

A digital device can have positive or negative economic, social and environmental impacts at each...

Module 3: Defining the circular economy of digital devices

We can define the circular economy of digital devices as extending the useful life of digital dev...

Case study eReuse: Building reuse circuits for social inclusion

Written by Leandro Navarro, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and Pangea Project /...

Module 4: How producing digital devices impacts on natural resources and on people

In order to find and maintain “a safe and just space for people and planet”,1 we need to maximise...

Case study: The fate of women artisanal miners in Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Patience Luyeye The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) produces 60% of the world’s cobalt and...

Case study: “We are struggling to survive”: Resistance against mining in Acacoyagua, Chiapas

“We are not moving from here until the machines are gone. We are not afraid; we have the courage ...

Case study: The microfactory model: SMaRT innovation for urban waste mining

Written by Syed Kazi, Digital Empowerment Foundation Project / Programme Centre for...

Acknowledgements

This guide to the circular economy of digital devices was developed by a working group of the Ass...