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Before Fixing the Planet, We Have to Fix Everyday Things

Electronic waste is expected to double in the next 30 years. Making our products last longer can help prevent that.


Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

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As a kid growing up in India in the 1990s, I spent hours in my parents’ shop that sold phones and office communication equipment. I was mostly there to fool around with new models of mobile phones from Motorola, Siemens, Ericsson—remember the Nokia 3310? In a small room upstairs, engineers worked tirelessly repairing these devices using tiny screwdrivers and funky-smelling solder guns.