The world is scattered with unique materials with special functions that enable a whole world of consumer technology. However, supplies of these Precious Elements are limited and current recycling processes are inadequate.
Find out more about these elements and consumer attitudes to tech sustainability.
Data deep dive
Brush up on consumer attitudes to e-waste
We surveyed consumers in 10 countries to discover international attitudes towards e-waste and sustainability in tech. Click here to take a look at the results.
Reuse, repair or recycle now
How can I help?
We’ve compiled a list of resources for reusing, repurposing and recycling electronic devices.
Sustainable elements for energy storage
In our new video series, we meet four scientists who are working on sourcing, retaining, and recycling the materials and rare elements in batteries needed for sustainable energy storage.
COVID-19 lockdowns lead to UK tech sales boom and adds to e-waste problem
Our global survey showed that technology usage increased sharply due to the pandemic – with lockdowns and working from home arrangements causing people to purchase more equipment.
Millions of old gadgets ‘stockpiled in drawers’
Explore the BBC coverage of our first precious elements campaign in 2019, which showed that there could be at least 40 million unused devices being stored in UK homes.
We urge everyone to be more conscious about how they use and reuse technology. Before you dispose of or replace it, ask yourself if it really needs replacing. Could it be repaired or updated? If it can’t be sold or donated, could it be recycled?
Professor Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry
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