to buy from earbuds, airpods, smartwatches or bracelets, among other small gadgets of the new wireless world (wireless), begins to reveal itself as an environmental problem. The little gadgets — that we wear in wired ears bluetooth and fast connection to mobile phones, tablets and PC, or on the wrists to see the kilometers covered, heartbeats and calories burned — they don’t last more than two or three years, are not recyclable and end up in drawers or in unsorted garbage bins, ending their life in landfills or incinerators, with consequences for the environment.
In 2021 alone, 1.4 million people entered the Portuguese market. wearables, which is equivalent to an increase of around 33% over the previous year (969,354). By 2022 they are projected to reach 1.7 million, according to data from technology consultancy IDC, and sales are expected to double by 2023 to more than two million items a year. As the buying trend is growing, “the environmental problem is also growing”, says Francisco Jerónimo, vice president of the European device division at IDC.
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