Best of Earth911 Podcast: Alchemy’s James Murdock on Building a Circular Economy for Technology

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Alchemy’s James Murdock on Building a Circular Economy for Technology

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The quantity of electronic waste doubles about each six years as know-how performs a extra important position in each day life. In 2019, the United Nations estimated that solely 17.4% of electronics had been recycled. The United States recycled solely 9.4% of its e-waste that yr. But in Europe, the recycling fee was 42.5% in 2019. There are some ways to enhance, and one is the rising marketplace for refurbished know-how. Meet James Murdock, founder and chief advertising and marketing officer of Alchemy Global Solutions, a trade-in, refurbishing, and remarketing companies supplier for know-how and telecommunications corporations. Alchemy additionally sells refurbished telephones, tablets, and laptops at

James Murdock, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Alchemy Global Solutions, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

The fixed improve cycle for telephones, tablets, and laptops retains folks on a wasteful and costly spending treadmill. According to Statista, the typical cellphone person retains their cellphone for about two-and-a-half years, regardless that producers declare that they make their merchandise to final between six and eight years. Trade-in applications have grow to be a well-known a part of our digital life. Like the auto market, the place used vehicles account for 74% of gross sales yearly, a used cellphone is now thought of a wise, sustainable alternative. Alchemy, primarily based in Britain, gives companies within the U.Okay., Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, South Asia, and the United States. The firm has refurbished and offered 4.6 million units since its founding to create a round marketplace for know-how. You can study extra about Alchemy at

Originally aired Dec 4, 2023