There usually isn’t an aisle in the store marked “zero waste business shirts”. Every time I go clothes shopping I find myself facing lots of choices – all the wrong ones. I only buy new clothes when I feel my wardrobe is genuinely short, like I don’t have enough business shirts to last the week. What I’d like to get is organic cotton, minimum. What I end up being offered is non-organic cotton, at best. Or a polyester/cotton mix. Or even pure polyester.
This is what clothing stores are saying to me:
“buy us, it’s cheaper, it’s novelty, think how big your wardrobe will be”
You might not realise it, but the whole world is transitioning to a zero-waste economy, when items like laptop computers will be made from responsibly managed parts and waste will be more or less eliminated. We’re not as far from that as people think. In future we probably won’t even own the laptops, just pay for using them. It’s all here in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.
Meanwhile, laptops still contain many toxic ingredients including lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, phthalates and brominated flame retardants. Many of these end up on one of the world’s e-waste mountains, like the e-waste centre of Agbogbloshie, Ghana, where electronic waste is burnt and disassembled with no safety or environmental considerations. Continue reading “Nine eco-friendly things you can do with your broken laptop”