This assignment took way too long to complete, and for that I do apologize. This entire pandemic has thrown me off not only in this course but others. I appreciate the flexibility from my professors during this time. However, with that being said, I cannot wait for all of this to be over.
This assignment was difficult in some way. The first was not knowing which route to take. I had hope to take deconstruct a device and work with my group to piece its history together. Alas, that did not happen, so I had to 1) find a device, and 2) decide which of the stories I wanted to tell.
Once we watched the videos on electronic waste, I knew that one would be the most interesting for me. What I didn’t imagine was the frustration with getting the information due to places being closed, and finding out that most places that say they want to be a part of the solution to reduce electronic waste have little information backing up that statement.
I did learn that Best Buy has a very comprehensive recycling goal. What I found to be the most interesting and influential reason for deciding to take my device to them is how transparent their information is. Not only is it transparent, but accessible on their website, and easily understood. Their FY19 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report was appealing to the eye, and I found it very simple to follow.
This assignment was an eye opener for sure. It reminded me, just like all of our other discussions in class, none of this occur in a vacuum. It is all connected to something and someone, and it affects many people even if we don’t see it every day.