Due to positive feedback from our distributors, we are now working on a 52 minute version of E-LIFE, which is easier to pitch towards TV channels. Hopefully it will come to a TV near to you! One of the things the distributors have mentioned to the E-LIFE team after watching the film is how this subject is only going to get more relevant as we consume more electronics as a society. Of course we knew this when we made E-LIFE but there is one important factor that people do not think about when evaluating the rise of eWaste in the future and that is how much more difficult it will become to recycle it.
We are well past the golden days of e-recycling, when big old CRTs contained bundles of copper and phones had a lot more gold in them. As things are miniaturised and manufacturing becomes more efficient, the amount of recyclable material is reduced, and what is in the average bit of tech becomes harder to extract. We are fast driving towards a point where eWaste will become almost useless to us in terms of recycling, unless there are advancements in recycling technologies or in the repairability and modularity of our electronics products.