Webinar: Materials Footprint of the Consumer Electronics Ecosystem
An innovative collaboration between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) completed a comprehensive analysis to determine the material footprint of consumer technology being used in U.S. households from 1990 to 2015. Phase One of this study focused on 21 of the most common consumer technologies during this time frame including TVs, phones, computers, monitors and various entertainment devices. The materials consumed, those held in stock and those that are entering the waste stream and available for recycling, were quantified using a material flows analysis approach. The analysis looked at products, weights and key materials consumed. One key finding was that while the number and type of products sold have increased, the net material consumption has declined to levels not seen since the early 1990s. These finding are significant from a Sustainable Materials Management perspective and the implications for future recycling needs and technology development.
In this webinar, you will hear from the three key collaborators of this project: Dr. Callie Babbitt, Associate Professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT; Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Staples; and Walter Alcorn, Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, who will discuss their organizations roles in the study and the importance of the findings.