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Say No To Waste, Save the Planet, Used Smart Device!  Zeepla it!

Did you know that in 2021 the global shipments of smart phones, between the brands, Apple, Samsung, Google, Huawei, Nokia, Blackberry, Oppo, etc. was 1.34 billion pieces, which represented a growth of 5.3% on 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the organisation that tracks these data.


You may begin to imagine the supply chain events, operations and activities needed to deliver over a billion smart phones around the world,  mostly from China and other Asian countries.

One may be tempted to add the activities around the delivery of the accessories and other paraphernalia that augment the beauty and / or performances that make smart gadgets and devices even more beautiful and smarter. Accessories like the plastic and glass protectors, which are also made and shipped in considerable quantities  are excluded from this count.  Devices and gadgets transported around the global include iPhones, iPads, smartwatches, smart speakers, earphones, digital radios and other smart electronic,  electrical items and counting. New players are always emerging in this gadget and devices space.

Let’s close our eyes and imagine in an instant the size, the direct and indirect impact on the planet, earth,  of the adverse emissions from the supply chain operations increasingly required every year to fulfil these giant tasks; the number of manufacturing plants, man-hours, ships, trucks, warehouse and warehouse forklifts, cargo and managers’ flights, the contractors and sub-contractors, each with its attendant energy demands, to name only a few obvious ones,  that are involved in each segment of the necessary operational steps to get the gadgets and devices to us wherever needed. 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that the global wealth reached 94$ trillion in 2021  with the USA taking about 24% and China 18%. Put in some perspective, the global economy has grown in percent term 16% since 2017, that is,  in about five years, and 6,714% since 1960. The wealth from the rapid expansion seen in the production and distribution of these necessary smart gadgets and devices since the last decade form a significant part of the global wealth growth.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – uninfected

 Inextricably linked to the fast global economic expansion is the widely reported and self-evident (e.g. increased forces of storms and tornados), global climate change factors that have deteriorate at pace with growth in global wealth and in some cases significantly faster. The devastating impacts of global climate change as a result of temperature warming associated with the increasing generation of greenhouse gas, are seen both on land and in deep waters such as the Australia’s Great Barrier Reefs.

Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Infection and loss of life

 Due To Climate Warming

World Bank reports and work by different academics have severally linked world economic growth that brings improvement in the general standard of living and wellbeing to the high level of growth seen in CO2 emissions, the greenhouse gas, and the impact on climate change (Chen et al., 2019; Ma et al., 2018; Pazienza, 2019; World Bank Report, 2018). These reports called out growth in manufacturing. The World Bank reported in 2018 that manufacturing and construction industries are the second largest carbon emitter made up of about 19.96% of CO2 emission in 2014 after transportation industry across global countries. 

Why are these important in this context? If less goods including smart gadgets and devices are made, the attendant supply chain events and operations will reduce with a direct and indirect impact on global emissions. One way of doing this is to promote and patronise the usage of second hand, pre-loved gadgets and devices, and indeed other second-hand quality goods.

The significant expansion in the shipment of new gadgets and devices like smartphone, smartwatches and smart speakers is an important contributor. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), transportation is the highest fossil fuel user and accounts for 37% of global CO2 emission from end-user sector.

 Following the unprecedented lockdown due to CoVID-19 infection,  road transport dropped in certain places by between 50% and 75%.  Emission levels also dropped significantly in consequence. CO2 emissions from the global transport sector fell by over 10% in 2020, at 7.2 Gt CO2 in 2020, down from nearly 8.5 Gt in 2019. The is a critical and unplanned life evidence that society can by choice improve the quality of the environment when significant life style actions are taken.

In 2018, transport overall accounted for 24% of CO2 emission from energy (Our World in Data). This contribution from the global transport sector  is broken down by sector as:

  • 45.1% –  road / passenger
  • 29.4% – road / freight
  • Aviation – 11.6%
  • Shipping – 10.6%
  • Rail – 1%

The data from transportation activities alone, demonstrated that in 2018 the world’s socio-economic and supply chain road transportation, taking people and goods to various destinations, are responsible for 75% of the total global CO2 emission.

Climate impact: Homes Destroyed By Tornado

A related limb of this discussion is the pressure and use of raw materials necessary to produce these smart gadgets and devices. Obvious examples include some of the plastics deriving from petrochemical sources,  papers and cardboards from forest resources, which are variously used as components or part of the overall packaging. When less of the gadgets and devices are produces, less natural resources of different types are required and used. Less extraction, felling and removal translate to less emission and, in certain case,  to less geophysical and morphological pressure on the planet.

As part of our contribution towards reducing global emission and to the emission targets, Zeepla has envisioned the Sell, Buy, Exchange or Donate community platform to extend  the life and value of second-hand, pre-loved quality smart gadgets and devices.

In these four powerful phrases, Zeepla is radically disrupting how quality used gadgets and devices are  transferred or dispose of to reduce environmental impact inherent in supply chain operations while extracting and increasing benefits and satisfaction for owners. How do they all fit? How do they add up to just “Zeepla it”? One may be tempted to asked. And, rightly so.

The benefits are embedded in the details of the strategic and operational facts,  processes, focus, commitment, drive and actions.

Part of the commitment is to create a vibrant open market technology platform where Participants get the ultimate experience while creating an environmental value in the supply chain by extending the life and use of their so-called second hand, pre-loved premium quality gadgets and devices. Such devices include iPhones, iPads, smartwatches, smart speakers, earphones, digital radios and other smart electronic and electrical items.

The global community has set an international goal to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050. This is reported to  require the transport sector’s emissions to fall by 20% to 5.7 Gt by 2030. Not only good that government policies will be required but also disciplined effort by the global human community through deliberate innovative, sometimes, disruptive introduction and control of various life choices, events, activities and ways of realising the fulfilment of daily needs, including the production and distribution of those things that are dear to humanity. Small individual steps matter and add up. 

Tornado Devastation in USA, Whole County Raced Down

When we, as Participants, sell, buy, exchange or donate,  our used quality smart iPhone, i-watches, smart speakers, smart earpieces and other electronic gadgets, or indeed any other quality second-hand goods, we help to not only prolong their useability and value but also to cause less to be manufactured, transported, shipped or flown around the world. By this apparently small steps, we are making exponential contributions towards the reduction of harmful emissions in our environment.   The less smart-gadget supply chain activities, the less emissions and the higher the quality of the environment and ultimately an improved wellbeing.

Participation in any or all of the four options on any platform also delivers personal feel-good factors and satisfaction, which improves our emotional wellbeing. Depending on personal situation and conditions, many positive and variable ripple effects can follow. 

Some have asked how this approach would affect the job market in the supply chain related industries? Well, better and quality wellbeing – minded and technology jobs will be created by people who feel better and healthier from living in  higher quality and healthier environment. That ripple effect continues ad infinitum, often in an unconscious sequence. Many more people will be exposed to their “Aha moments!” of innovations and discoveries.

 It is important to recognise the benefits these smart gadgets have brought humanity in general, particularly in delivering faster communications even in very remote, far flung parts of the global community.  These benefits are set to continue to increase in areas such as wellbeing and healthcare in general. Equally important is the need to strive for a balance in order to preserve our planet for future generations.

Premium quality pre-owned , preloved or second-hand Ear-Pod. Extending value for money

All community Participants engaged in any of the processes and activities are helping to reduce the impact of new technologies on our environment and ultimately improving human and environmental wellbeing and happiness. These are apart from the inevitable and attendant financial benefits that may also accrue to individuals from participation.  

The community is committed to promoting the culture of “prelove, second-hand gadgets and devices is good for all”. Don’t waste them, Save the Planet.

Be part of this unique, personal and interactive experience.

 Join in this critical, disruptive but important journey.

Find out more, just Zeepla it!

Dr Zeepla

IMF 2021: Global Wealth Distribution

Source: IMF 2021.

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