Designer Dominic Muren explains why manufacturing open, modular hardware is a better idea than traditional recycling.

Open-source designer Dominic Muren argues that the recycling of electronics is not a good energy-saving idea. He explains that electronic devices such as the iPhone use up a lot of energy just in their making, right from the design stage to the actual manufacturing, and hence, it is wasteful to just melt them down  to their raw materials at the end of their lives. Instead, he proposes developing devices that can be reconfigured into new electronics and thus preserve the energy that has already been invested in making the original product. To this end, he suggests that open hardware and modular design is a much better manufacturing strategy as far as energy conservation is concerned.

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