Greenpeace survey: Most of users wants durable smartphones

Aug

15

2016

If you believe a survey by Greenpeace, people do not want to have every year a top smartphone for one euro in their provider, but something quite different. Ok, is only half the truth, this question was not asked in the survey. Greenpeace commissioned the British market research institute Ipsos Mori with a survey, as they see it with their smartphone in terms of use, repair and recycling. Each 1,000 people have been questioned in Germany, the USA, Russia, Mexico, China and South Korea.

The surprising result of the survey: Most respondents wished smartphones, which are designed for a longer life, can be restored in case of defects and are recyclable. Survey respondents were asked several questions, including the number of devices that are in the possession of the respondent or the reason to resort to a new smartphone. Here answered about one third that you have just bought a new smartphone to be up to date. Three out of ten respondents said that the old phone was broken or lost.

“People do not get the feeling that after a year to own an outdated smartphone” (Manfred Santen, Greenpeace expert for chemistry)

Interestingly, many respondents think that the smart phone industry is too fast, or bring too many models on the market. Added together, agreed to this statement than half of the people in Mexico, the rate of 76 percent was particularly high. The question confronted, if one could imagine, to change his phone less frequently, voted to slightly more than half of the respondents. Leading here: Russia with 69 percent.

In terms of recycling, and recovery there were also issues. Since the exact question was not mentioned specifically, one can only guess. The statement is that here in Germany only 9 percent of respondents experience I have repairs of smartphones by the manufacturer, in China there is 36 percent, the highest rate. Self repair? This experience made 3 percent of surveyed users in Germany. Do not worry, elsewhere there is no better – China is 4 percent higher. Whereby stop is also not clearly defined what is exactly meant by “repairing”.

When it comes to selling or recycling it looks in Germany so that 11 percent of respondents gave their old smartphone to a specialized recycling company or sold. In South Korea, this ratio should be at 57 percent. Repair is obviously eh not the German thing, while in China and in South Korea – here Smartphones are often the only gateway to the world – their smartphone would be repaired 66 and 64 percent, so there are in Germany only 23 percent, here then would probably a new purchase in question.

“The manufacturers have smartphones future so designed that they can be easily repaired, and we need an unconditional obligation to take back and recycling of old equipment.” (Manfred Santen, Greenpeace expert for chemistry)

Despite everything, especially in Germany, consumers want more responsibility in recycling on the part of the manufacturer. 61 percent speak here of a more. In any Germans come according to Greenpeace 21.7 kg electronic waste – so we are just behind the world champion United States at 22.1 kilograms and well above the EU average of 18.7 kg.

The most important features in a smartphone? Reply 9 of 10 here traceable to the longevity of the battery. think 4 out of 5 respondents that a smartphone should be easy to repair. Also it would welcome 4 of 5 when no toxic chemicals would be used in the production.

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