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Wednesday, September 29 2021 - 17:00
TCO Certified quiz reveals what we know about e-waste
STOCKHOLM, Sept. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

"Talking about e-waste is really important to help buyers take a more holistic 
approach to their electronic goods", says Gabriella Mellstrand, Marketing and 
Communication Director at TCO Development.

October 14th is International E-waste Day, an initiative aimed at reducing the 
burden that e-waste places on the environment and saving natural resources. To 
support educational and public awareness activities linked to the initiative, 
TCO Development [ ]launched an e-waste quiz.

With almost 2000 people taking the quiz, these are some of the findings!
18% believe that the growing amount of e-waste is mainly due to the fact that 
people have finally started recycling.

In fact, the increased e-waste volumes is mainly fuelled by higher consumption 
rates of electronics, short life cycles, and few repair options. 

"The single most important thing you can do for the environment, both in terms 
of e-waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is keeping IT products in use 
longer. For example, adding two years to a notebook's life can cut total 
emissions by up to 30 percent." Gabriella Mellstrand continues.

95% are aware that e-waste is a risk to human health.

E-waste contains several hazardous substances which risk leaking out into the 
natural environment affecting human health if not recycled properly.

Just over half of the respondents answered correctly that the estimated annual 
value of raw materials contained in e-waste amounts to EUR 55 billion.

Apart from being a risk to human health and the environment, the current way of 
handling e-waste has a negative economic impact. Electronic products contain a 
number of scarce, valuable resources that are essential for meeting our future 
product needs.

"Be part of the solution. Keep your IT products in circulation for as long as 
possible by use, re-use, repair or reselling the product. If none of this is 
possible, make sure the product is responsibly recycled," Gabriella Mellstrand 

Test your knowledge - take the e-waste quiz [ 

Toward sustainable IT products
With over 30 years of experience, TCO Certified [ ]is 
the world-leading sustainability certification for IT products. Our 
comprehensive criteria are designed to drive social and environmental 
responsibility throughout the product life cycle. Covering 11 product 
categories including displays, computers and mobile devices, compliance is 
independently verified, both pre and post certification.

Gabriella Mellstrand
+46 (0)706 358 351 

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Source: TCO Development