The waste generating image of the gaming industry
The gaming industry has skyrocketed over the last 15 years. The collective energy impact of millions of consoles that are switched on every day is huge. Apart from this, the industry has a high rate of waste generation. Typically, a gaming console lasts anywhere between 2 to 4 years. During this time, even if it remains in operation, it becomes obsolete due to newer releases. Large volumes of this e-waste end up in landfills. Still greater amounts find its way to developing nations on the pretext of ‘recycling’. In many cases, child labour is employed to break the devices down and salvage reusable parts.
The contribution of gaming media to environmental pollution
Apart from the consoles, the media used by the machines also contributed to mountains of waste. A famous case study from the 80s is the failure of the Atari game called ET. When sales failed to take off, the company simply buried 1 million cartridges. Much of that e-waste is still around today. The gaming industry is an important part of home entertainment and generates waste in the form of CDs, DVDs and memory cards.
Technology has created sustainable product ideas
Now that CDs and DVDs have become obsolete, most games are available as digital downloads. Therefore, there has been a marked reduction in physical waste being generated. However, the backlog of several decades of gaming still needs to be managed sustainably. In an unprecedented move, Japan has started the Tokyo 2020 medal project in response to the e-waste crisis. The project has been designed to recover more than 8 tonnes of metal. The metal will come from discarded electronic devices, including gaming consoles. This will be converted into gold, silver and bronze medals. The medals will be awarded to athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Environmentally conscious brands need to stop the pyramid of e-waste
Electronic and electrical equipment that’s not intended for reuse, including many gaming consoles is labelled EEE. This category generated 12.3 million tons of e-waste in Asia in 2015. That’s more than double the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The current prediction for the growth of e-waste has been pegged at a rate of 4 to 5% annually. Pundits believe that this number could increase to 51.8 million tonnes by 2019.
The Bazar market is one of the best apps to buy sustainable gaming consoles
Due to these issues, the Bazar app online has relationships with select brands and suppliers who are environmentally friendly. You can find eco-conscious brands of electronic gaming products on the Bazar ethical marketplace app. Always check retailers’ environmental impact and accreditations before making a purchase.
Register online today to join Bazar
If you believe in environmentally friendly shopping for gaming equipment, look no further than the Bazar sustainable shopping app. By going through the quick and easy registration process, you’ll join thousands of eco-shoppers online. So, what are you waiting for? Go to the website page and join us right away.
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