As technology constantly evolves and improves, our current electronics become instantly obsolete. The unfortunate downside is that these various electronics are creating major problems in landfills around the world. What is known as E-Waste has become a huge concern and many people are searching for the solution to properly dispose these unwanted electronics.
The main source of the problem is that electronics are unable to break down in landfills. Many programs have been implemented to try to combat E-Waste such as creating disposal stations, which rely heavy on donation. Recently researchers may have found the answer to this worldwide dilemma and it starts from the creation of the electronics.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have started to create various electronics that are able to dissolve in water. Although this would solve a great deal of problems in terms of the environment, it does not seem to be the right move for people that have the tendency to have water damage to their electronics.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has begun the program known at “Born to Die,” which researches and develops electronic products. These products are designed to be able to dissolve at the end of its useful life. Not only will this avoid many problems, it will also save a lot of space in rapidly filling landfills.
Unfortunately the research is not at the point where it feasible to create an entire line of electronic that could dissolve but smaller steps has been made. They have made a electronic chip that can be placed in any electronic.
“You don’t need your cell phone to last for 25 or 50 years,” John Rogers, a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the university told AP. “Nobody wants to keep it for that long anyway.”
Our electronic are becoming a burden even after we are completely done with them. Dissolving electronics may be the solution but it is definitely a move in the right direction. Although this could be just another reason to not drop your phone in the toilet.