THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CELL PHONES
There are 6.7 billion people on this planet and 61% have a cellphone subscription
that’s 4.1 BILLION phones
the average consumer will use their cell phone for less than a year
during that year that phone will use
4,221 MEGAJOULES of ENERGY,
the equivalent of 32 gallons of gas,
112 kilograms of CO2
TRANSFERRING 1 GBIT OF
DATA OVER A 3G NETWORK
WILL USE 939 MEGAJOULES
and emit 27kg of CO2
The equivalent of
7.3 gallons of gas
An unused but plugged in charger still draws about half a watt.
If everyone left their charger plugged in ALL DAY, it would waste enough electricity to power 28,000 HOMES.
(4 per second)
will end up in
LBS OF LEAD
INTO THE EARTH
in those phones are
worth $56 MILLION and
49 TONNES of SILVER
worth $8.4 MILLION
515 cell phones recycled, it saves enough energy
to power one home for a year.
if all these thrown away cell phones were recycled
it would save enough energy to power
To charge every cell phone in use on earth would require the equivalent of 584,000 gallons of gas and produce 35,000,000 pound of carbon dioxide.
If we all charged our phones half as often it would be the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road.