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How Can We Design Electronics People Actually Want to Keep?

Adele Peters

Even if a new cell phone is designed with the greenest materials, it's not actually all that great for the environment if it just ends up getting thrown out (or even recycled, considering the energy that goes into making electronics). So how do we make gadgets that people want to keep longer? Beyond ideas like Phonebloks (a design that makes it easier to replace parts of a phone), designers can focus on making something that someone can emotionally connect with. Here's one example.

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