Although it sounds ludicrous, the careless attitude of cell phone manufacturing companies towards recycling disposed phones is putting Gorillas in Congo in danger. A material crucial for making a cellphone, columbite-tantalite also known as coltan, is one of many of Congo’s natural resources. Not just phones, but many other electrical gadgets are manufactured with it. In 2009, there were 300 Gorillas killed in Southern DRC due to the coltan mining in the same location.
The Grauer Gorilla is nature’s largest primate and can weigh up to 400 pounds. It’s also indigenous to Congo. There are only about 4,000 western lowland Gorillas in zoos across the world. The eastern lowland gorillas are less than 5, 000 left across the world, while the mountain gorilla is greatly endangered as they are only 880 left in the world.
In the United States, there are more than 270 million people who use cellphones and every 18 months, someone buys a phone. There are about 4.1 billion cellular users in the world. In contrast to these great numbers, only 1% of cellphone wastes is being recycled every year. Although Samsung and Apple are the biggest companies in the cellphone industry, other companies contribute a great deal to the growth of the industry. Instead of disposing, you can sell Samsung phone.
It is estimated that the number of cellphone users will have become 4.68 billion by the end of next year. If things were to continue like this, it won’t be long before the Gorillas go extinct. However, paying attention to the recycling of electronic gadgets including phones is the easiest and the most straightforward way to prevent the worst from happening to the gorillas. From a tonne of cell phones, you can get sixty times the quantity of gold you’ll get from a tonne of gold ore.
Now that’s a good deal.
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