Using Smart Design to Reduce E-Waste

first_imgThere’s a reason I like designers: they tend to think big picture (pun intended). Dell’s Sr. VP of Experience Design, Ed Boyd, is a good example. In a recent piece he wrote for Triple Pundit, Ed talks about how smart up-front design strategies are critical to the end of life for our IT products. Rather than having a beautiful product or an environmentally friendly one, Ed says you should have both.He takes his engineers to visit with recyclers, learning what frustrates them, what slows them down, and what simply doesn’t work. This is a regular field trip he takes his designers on, where they learn things like having laptop cases open from the bottom instead of the top to speed up dismantling, or incorporating icons, pictures and videos into repair manuals so technicians do not have to pause to read detailed instructions.Dell engineers and design architects witness how a recycling facility receives, tests and sorts Dell products during a recent field trip.Ed also points to modularity as another key, sharing the example of creating a single access door for all major components. He also cites Dutch cell phone maker Fairphone and their plug-and-play design for the Fairphone 2. The company was featured in Dell’s Legacy of Good Short Film Contest this past year.And it’s not just how you manipulate the product.“[It] turns out ‘trash’ can be a workable and cost-effective material for designers,” explained Boyd.He talks about how Adidas is making shoes out of ocean plastic and notes that he is exploring the waste material for packaging design at Dell.All of these examples of big-picture thinking demonstrate how cutting-edge designers like Ed are making the environment a priority when they design. “We owe it to our customers, our communities and our planet to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with design.”Boyd’s article can be found at Triple Pundit. Read more about Dell’s innovative approaches to design and materials sourcing, at www.dell.com/circulareconomy.last_img read more

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Cable trouble dogs spacewalkers in European lab upgrades

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts encountered cable trouble while attempting to make home improvements 260 miles up. Two NSA astronauts installed a high-speed data link outside the International Space Station’s European lab. But it took a few tries to get the antenna working right. The astronauts had more cable problems that prevented them from completely hooking up an experiment platform on the Columbus lab. The platform has been up there awaiting activation for almost a year. The astronauts will perform a second spacewalk on Monday to complete battery upgrades to the station’s solar power grid.last_img read more

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US employment costs rise modestly in fourth quarter

first_imgSILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose in the last quarter of the year as employers sought to hold the line on pay gains as the pandemic continues to rankle the economy. U.S. workers’ total compensation rose 0.7% in the October-December quarter, an increase over the previous two quarters, the Labor Department said Friday. For the year, wages and benefits grew 2.5%. The Labor Department’s Employment Cost Index measures pay changes for workers that keep their jobs. The data isn’t affected by the mass layoffs in the spring. Even though the gains were modest, they still outpaced 2020 inflation of 1.4%.last_img read more

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Rivers breaking banks in Germany as more snow falls

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany have warned of flooding in the west of the country Saturday as meltwater pushes rivers to break their banks. Shipping was halted on the Rhine at Karlsruhe, and in Wissen southeast of Cologne four men had to be rescued after their inflatable boat capsized in swollen rapids. In Buedingen, east of Frankfurt, residents tried to salvage belongings from the mud swept in by a foot-high surge of water overnight. Unseasonably warm weather and rain have accelerated snowmelt in parts of Switzerland and Germany in recent days. Meanwhile, fresh snow disrupted rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany, cutting off connections to Bremen, Kiel and Luebeck overnight.last_img read more

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Activists wary of broader law enforcement after Capitol riot

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights groups and communities of color are watching warily for any moves to expand law enforcement power as federal officials grapple with how to confront the security threat posed by domestic extremists after the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. They say their communities have felt the brunt of security scrutiny over the last two decades and they fear new tools meant to target right-wing extremism or white nationalists risk harming Muslims, Black Americans and other groups, even if unintentionally. Their position underscores the complexity of the national debate surrounding how to balance the protection of First Amendment expression with law enforcement’s need to prevent extremist violence before it occurs.last_img read more

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EU’s top diplomat hopes Sputnik V will be approved in bloc

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat expressed hopes Friday that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia will soon be used across the 27-nation bloc. During a visit to Moscow, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said the Sputnik V vaccine is “good news for the whole mankind.” The vaccine was approved by the Russian government in August and many foreign governments have expressed interest in buying doses. The EU has signed six vaccine contracts for more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines, but only three of them have been approved for use so far and the delivery of shots has been disturbed by production delays.last_img read more

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