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E-waste recycling : a gift for the holidays!

Here’s a great article on E-waste in Wired-

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/product-design-and-recycling/.

For the holiday season, many people will be receiving new electronics and that means disposing of their old electronics.  But even recycling e-waste can be a difficult endeavor, particularly for those products with the nicest design. The writer claims that, “While no one we spoke with would say so outright, Apple products are among the most difficult to recycle. (Apple did not respond to repeated requests for a comment.) The very things that make them the most marketable—multiple colors, thin profile, big glass displays, seamless cases—also make them difficult to disassemble.”

So what is a consumer to do?  As part of the gift giving experience, include information on where to recycle electronics.  As my gift to you here are the most common places (sorry these only apply to the US):

http://www.ecyclingcentral.com/

http://www.allgreenrecycling.com/dropoff-locations/

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm

However, if designers thought about how their designs impact the environment, this would be a gift to mankind.  I’ve addressed this issue in Chapter 12 of my book, Creating and Marketing New Products and Services.  And if I ever find some time, I’m writing a chapter about this topic for a new book being distributed by the PDMA (Product Development Management Association).


Hope you have a Green Christmas/Holiday Season!

Dark Side of the Sharing Economy

Just received a grant to study the dark side of the sharing economy.  The sharing economy, also called mindful consumption, are companies such as airbnb, lyft, relayrides, taskrabbit, dogvacay, where individuals are matched with other individuals to share ‘resources’.  The openess of this industry leads to abuse by some.  Many of you may know a guest booked through a popular rental site left $18,000 worth of damage to my home.  I’m looking for individuals who are the provider of services to the sharing economy who may have experience bad behavior by users.  Do you rent your house? Are you a uber driver? Do you run errands for others? Do you know of bad behavior that happened to someone?  Share your experiences here.  Also feel free to note good experiences.