The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual January bash is known for hosting world leaders discussing the most pressing political, social and economic issues of the time. But the two stars of Davos 2019 were not the usual familiar names from the political elite like Trump or Putin – instead, it was the presence of Sir David Attenborough and Prince William in conversation about our impact on the environment that proved a showstopper moment.
And rightly so. To mark the event, WEF launched a report into electronics production, revealing that the amount of e-waste generated every year – 44.7 million tonnes – weighs more than 125,000 Boeing 747 jumbo jets in total, enough to build 4,500 replicas of the Eiffel Tower.
As well as contributing more unwanted goods to already overflowing landfill sites, the entire lifecycle of our smartphones, tablets and computers adds pressure