Connected Magazine

Why your next smartphone should be secondhand

Smartphones can last up to eight years, so shouldn’t we be using them for far longer than we do?

Ninety-five per cent of carbon emissions related to smartphones and tablets come from the manufacturing process. Picture: Bloomberg

How often do you replace your smartphone? What about your laptop or tablet? Are you one of those people who upgrades every 12 or 18 months, or do you hang on to your tech until it’s battered and held together with duct tape?

If so, the good news is that you’re part of the solution and not the problem, at least as far as circular economy advocates are concerned. They say that smartphones and other ...