New survey: Twice as many Norwegians and Swedes recycle electronics as Danes

In Denmark, we have long prided ourselves on being at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, but in reality we are behind on a large number of parameters compared to our Nordic neighbours.

Twice as many Norwegians and Swedes, for example, recycle electronics than the Danes, and even when it comes to sorting waste and using public transport, we fare worse than the rest of the Nordic region.

This is according to a new survey conducted by OnePoll for the global technology company OnePlus.

When it comes to the Danes’ general smartphone habits, we are confusingly similar to our Nordic neighbors Sweden, Norway and Finland. Half of us replace our smartphone every two to three years, and deteriorating battery life is the most common reason we upgrade to a new one across the four countries.

It looks different when it comes to recycling electronics, where we in Denmark are significantly overtaken by both the Norwegians, the Swedes and the Finns. Only one in four Danes (24 per cent) recycles electronics to reduce their CO2 footprint, while up to half in Norway (48 per cent), Sweden (47 per cent) and Finland (41 per cent) do so same. This is shown by a new study from OnePlus carried out by OnePoll, which has investigated the Nordic countries’ smartphone habits and sustainable choices in everyday life.

Even when it comes to waste sorting and public transport, we in Denmark no longer excel. Only 41 per cent of Danes sort waste in the fight for a greener future, while in Sweden it is 72 per cent. of the population against 68 per cent. in Norway and 61 per cent in Finland. Public transport is indicated as an active sustainable measure to an equal extent across the Nordics, with 32 per cent respectively. in Denmark, 34 per cent. in Sweden, 37 per cent. in Norway and 33 per cent in Finland.

The lifespan of electronics will be decisive in the fight for the climate
That the Danes are not better at recycling electronics does not surprise Marie Dam Feldborg, Nordic Marketing Director for OnePlus. According to her, there is an extra large and untapped potential for the Danes by keeping electronics for a longer period of time, because in that case you as a consumer help to reduce the amount of electronic waste and therefore also the amount of CO2.

New survey: Twice as many Norwegians and Swedes recycle electronics as DanesNew sustainable implementations in OnePlus’ latest smartphones should help with that:

“Unfortunately, we in Denmark have not been in the habit of recycling electronics, but we hope that we at OnePlus can help change that now. Studies show that if all Europeans use their phones for just one more year, as much CO2 can be saved as removing two million cars from the road and result in an annual CO2 saving of four million tonnes. It is thought-provoking,” says Marie Dam Feldborg, referring to The European Environment Agency (EEB), which is behind the study.

“When there is such a large CO2 saving to be achieved by recycling electronics alone, we at OnePlus have put a lot of effort into extending the lifespan of our latest models. That is why we have equipped both the new OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite and our latest top model OnePlus 11 5G with future-proof hardware as well as a large battery that, thanks to the innovative Battery Health Engine, is just as good even 4 years after the phone was purchased. Just as we have upgraded both performance and functions that enable users to enjoy their smartphone for a longer time – either by keeping it themselves or letting others enjoy it when you want to replace it,” concludes Marie Dam Feldborg .

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