Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wrong call?

A recent report by the German government reveals that there are about 100 million active cell-phone connections in the country (which has a population of roughly 82 million). What’s surprising, though, is the fact that in addition to the 100 million cell phones in active use, an estimated 80 million cell phones (presumably old) are just sitting collecting dust in drawers.

Modern mobiles contain a not-so-negligible amount of metals such as gold, silver, copper as well as other rare-earth elements, the mining and purification of which are highly energy-intensive. So what’s the point in holding on to those old phones in your drawer? It’s unlikely you are going to use them again, given the rapid technological advancements in the mobile sector. Why not take the right call and go deposit them at your nearest store/collection point so that they can be properly recycled and the precious materials re-used?

Words of Wisdom

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”

– Carl Sagan

A Drop of life

Water is one of the most basic of human needs. A lot of countries, especially those in the developing world suffer from water shortages. Further, studies suggest that the liquid we have so taken for granted in much of the developed world will come under increased stress due to changes in climate patterns as well as other factors.

Do you leave the tap running while washing fruits and vegetables while cooking? Why not take a big salad bowl filled with water and leave the fruits/vegetables to soak in it for sometime. And then, instead of throwing that water away down the drain, why not use it to water your plants or indoor garden? In a world where fellow humans are dying due to lack of water, wasting it is nothing short of a crime.