Companies have a long way to go when it comes to achieving sustainable, ethical production practices and supply chains. But there were encouraging innovations this year, such as edible packaging and finally, a way to recycle smartphones.
Samsung's recall of 4.3 million faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones could cause an environmental disaster if handled improperly, but the firm also has an opportunity to achieve breakthrough innovations in e-waste recycling, say activists.
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The BBC nature documentary portrays Singapore as a green urban utopia where man has invited nature back into the city. The development of Singapore's last forests suggests the opposite is happening, note conservationists.
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The relentless race to launch new devices and software while neglecting support for older ones is wasteful — and takes a toll on the consumer's wallet and the health of the environment, says Nanyang Technological University's Sharad Sinha.
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E-waste in Asia is a growing problem that's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. CSR Asia consultant Nick Warelis outlines ways to improve how electronics are designed, disposed, and regulated.
Buying second-hand electronics is often seen as a bad bet, due to quality concerns. Teleplan International vice president, global marketing and client solutions, Sven Boddington shares ideas for a thriving second-hand electronics economy.