Today the press is finally giving coverage to environmental
problems, climate change and bad waste management.
Above all, focus has been placed on plastic. We have heard so
often about fish containing plastic, seas cluttered with waste,
especially plastic waste and the tons of plastic found
abandoned on our beaches.
An image which has become only too common these days.
This fact has been understood even at legislative level. For
example, in May 2018 the European Commission banned the
use of certain types of disposable plastic, such as cutlery, and
is inviting people to become more aware and responsible for
their actions (1). It is certainly an important objective and should
be supported in every way possible.
We must not forget that we can all play a role, trying to reduce
the use of plastic and when we really can’t help using it, must at
least remember to dispose of it correctly in the recycling bins,
so that it won’t end up in our soil or in the sea.
The damage done so far is already devastating and we can no
longer look the other way, ignoring that fact that we must take
action to improve the situation, or at least try not to make things
Having said this, there are many types of dangerous waste, one
of which is that created by electric and electronic devices
This is another ugly sight we come across far too often….
How often have you seen things like this left near a rubbish bin
in the street? It’s even worse when you see them in illegal
refuse dumps in the woods or the countryside.
This type of waste product cannot be thrown away and
abandoned anywhere because they contain a variety of
substances that are dangerous for the environment.
Among these abandoned products, there are also those
containing precious metals, rare earths and many other
materials of great value such as cobalt, nickel, chromium.
These elements are also mined in African countries, where the
local population is heavily exploited and profit made is used to
finance militarised guerrillas fighting against each other.
Correct recycling would enable us to reuse these elements,
helping the environment, as well as the exploited populations in
these areas of the world. We could actually say we were finally
doing the right thing.
This is where our Ariadne project comes in, as it is our objective
to change injustice in the way things are.
Stay with us to know how our project is developing and discover
lots of interesting information about materials used to make the
electronic devices we use in everyday life.