AirPods Are a Tragedy

They’re plastic, made of some combination of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur. They’re tungsten, tin, tantalum, lithium, and cobalt….

…For roughly 18 months, AirPods play music, or podcasts, or make phone calls. Then the lithium-ion batteries will stop holding much of a charge, and the AirPods will slowly become unusable. They can’t be repaired because they’re glued together. They can’t be thrown out, or else the lithium-ion battery may start a fire in the garbage compactor. They can’t be easily recycled, because there’s no safe way to separate the lithium-ion battery from the plastic shell. Instead, the AirPods sit in your drawer forever. More here.

Interesting way to look at the AirPods, but I guess you could use the same argument for many products in use today. Phones, TVs etc

2 thoughts on “AirPods Are a Tragedy

  1. I’m very supportive of a push towards renewable society. The alternatives aren’t good. But I hate these sensationalist targetted points (but I guess they feel its the only way to make the point these days) as they just put people off the real conversation – which is exactly as you say – all products today.

    People used to change their tv when it broke. These days its changed because the new one is x inches bigger etc. Ditto cars. Ditto phones etc. And yes, I hold my hand up as someone who does that (phones at least).

    But propose it as a law, and government is described as nanny state etc (plus they wont as they want the tax revenues).

    Getting very close to a “non-renewable” luxury tax me thinks, with the proceeds going into environmental funds.

  2. In Canada or at least Ontario, there’s a small electronics tax that’s supposed to help pay for recycling. Most places have somewhere to drop off electronics and batteries. I’m not suggesting that it’s the answer, but it’s a lot better than nothing.

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