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  1. Paul

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    Bulk boxes full of outdated and broken phones are prematurely recycled

    So many phones end up in the landfill. I worked at a donation resale business for a while. I LITERALLY saw thousands of phones in pallet sized bulk box 40” × 48” x 36” inch containers that were full of old phones and broken phones donated for recycling for their electronic metals. I was very surprised to see the volume of this. Their sin was to be last years phones, to have irreplaceable dead batteries, a cracked screen, an older CPU, to be a non-smart phone. To be non-upgradable and non-repairable.

    If the components of these phones were replaceable they would still have a chance for life. A dead battery could be replaced, even a broken screen or a slowing CPU would not be a hinderance to giving its owner a few years more service. Is there a reason that these phones could not be designed from the start to be repairable and upgradeable? They were built to make a profit and not to last for more than a couple years.

    Electronic parts are not the only thing that needs to be designed to be recyclable. There is also entirely too much plastic waste in the world. Products are not designed to be taken apart to be recycled into their individual parts, both electronic and plastic. I am saddened when I see of all the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean. We do recycle many plastics, but not all plastics are recyclable. Why not only use plastics that are recyclable? Why not reuse this plastic to remake things that have honestly worn out or are broken. A lot of the plastic to build our phones is currently not recycled plastic. But that can change. Why not use all that waste plastic to make other things. To make the shell's of our phones and devices. To make recycled filament material for 3D printers.

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    The Ara and the sum of its replaceable and reusable parts

    You may have heard of Project Ara in the news. Ara is a phone project being promoted and designed by Google. It is another way to recycle, one that reduces waste, both electronic and plastic. A way to start with a basic phone and upgrade and repair it. This would allow a phone to have many more years of usage. A phone that can be a basic phone in third world countries as Google’s is already planning or a high end phone for the enthusiasts.

    The premise is simple. Make the phone modular. And as easy to replace a needed module as a piece of Legos Blocks. So that even the average user can have another way to do their part to help reduce all that waste that is constantly being made, by repairing or upgrading their own phone. But you're older but still usable module part does not have to be recycled yet. Its life does not have to be over. They still have value and can even be sold to a new user that does not need, want, or perhaps can not afford this years modules. Sure it may be the latest and greatest but it still has life in it and can be used. Your older phone module may be just what someone else is looking for.

    But to be a success an idea has to get out off the blueprint stage and start to be produced, and this is happening. CPU makers are building chips and PC boards for this new phone. Its plastic parts can already be 3D printed and even customized. Specialized sound modules are being created. Forums for the developers at XDA are there to help plan and create these modules. And a community of interested fans at the Project Ara Forum are there to help support its success and to help new users learn about Ara. Google is hosting a Developer Conference on January 14, 2015 to help developers further to create new modules for the Ara phone.

    The Ara Project is moving along to help reduce waste, Make phones repairable and upgradeable. To provide basic phones to both third world countries as well as a phone for the enthusiast or those with special needs. The modular, upgradable, repairable and recyclable phone is finally being created.

    Do think Ara will help alleviate the waist problem? Will you be willing to buy used parts for repair or upgrade?
     
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    Awesome words really we are wasting too much materials, In future if we got popular i will donate all unused module to those who need that.
     
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    Yes being able to donate to others is an awesome option. Even if your old modules are not worth much at at all, they may benefit others who are either low income or just need it for repair. Perhaps for the cost of the shipping of it you may have the module just to benefit another person and to reduce waist.
     
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    If i will earn money from the forum then i will donate, Because the reason behind the income is Ara so i have a responsibility for ara.
     
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    That sounds like an awesome plan. It's such a great system, it's wonderful to think that anything that isn't broken, we don't need to throw away anymore..
     
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    Ya and we can also every module to everyone donate because all hardware's are universal.
     
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    Project Ara is a great idea of plastic recycling. I say ,,I vote for it''.
     
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    wow this is a great project and best of luck! hope it will succeed :)
     
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    Good design= less waste. Everyone wins!
     
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    its like a computer. now i dont sell and buy a phone in 2-3year, when you get troubel with camera, just buy a new modul... so fantastic, so unique. i cannot wait to build my own phone like i build my computer hahaha
     
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    I think this is great. I would certainly buy used parts for repairs. I am not one to get new phones every time one comes out. I like keeping my phone as long as possible.
     
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    thank you for the helpful and informative blog post
     
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    I am pleased that so many see the value of upgrading rather than just tossing or "recycling" an old device. This really adds to the chance that projects like Ara have a chance at success. I hope this modular idea will continue to spread from Ara to other devices in our lives. To this success I will be very happy to support Ara when it reaches the country where I live. What other devices would you also like to see use Ara - or - Ara like technology beside just phones and tablets? Personally I would like to eventually see an Ara type laptop. :) A lot of laptops get thrown out because they are broken and outdated as well.
     
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    If ara got succeed then you will also see ara laptops or similar projects, And you are already contributing in project ara.
     
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    Great post, the amount of waste from normal phones is incredible, and I have always hated the concept of having to go out and buy the latest and greatest phone to get whatever new features, why buy an entire new phone when you could just upgrade a part in that phone and thats what I love about project ara, want a new camera just buy a camera module, not a whole new phone.
     
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    And resell the former or give it to your friend !
     
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    This is a terrific idea I wasn't even aware of
     
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    Yes, definitely a worthwhile project to help extend this lives of electronic products. Even adding a new CPU is not just to have the latest and greatest processor either. As the software on our devices upgrades to add new features it requires more CPU and memory to run it. Replacing an older CPU can add life to our ARA's is just as much as a new battery or replacing any other broken part would.
     
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