Sustainability and Ethical Challenges for Tablets

Sustainability and Ethical Challenges for Tablets

SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICAL CHALLENGES FOR TABLETS 4

Sustainabilityand Ethical Challenges for Tablets

Sustainabilityand Ethical Challenges for Tablets

Thetablet industry faces some sustainability challenges as the industryseeks to establish itself as an alternative to printing. The concernabout the electronic wastes from old tablets presents a challenge tothe sustainability of the industry. People and environmentalists areconcerned that the high production of tablets is gradually increasingthe challenge of the industry to handle electronic wastes (Sanchesz,2012).Therefore, the industry faces a problem of descent byenvironmentalists who seek alternatives of the tablets or productionmethods. If not checked, the challenge may present limitations to theproduction of tablets, which will be the hallmark of thesustainability challenge to the industry.

Atthe same time, the challenge of electronic wastes from the tabletspresents an ethical challenge of the environmental degradation of thetablets after their useful life. Tablet producing companies face anethical concern of electronic wastes that emits heavy metals likecopper, lead and chromium (Sanchesz,2012).On one hand, they validly claim to be helping the environment throughthe production of tablets that saves forests by reducing the numberof trees cut for printing paper (Sanchesz,2012).On the other hand, they are accused of producing products that areincreasing electronic wastes, and so damage the environment. Thisethical concern is further complicated by the emergence of companiesproducing cheap tablets which to obsolete in no time, therebyincreasing electronic wastes.

Consumersperceive tablets as good products, but there are some who areconcerned about their long-term effects of their use. The perceivedhealth risk of tablets presents a challenge to their sustainability,especially large volume manufacturers. There has been a concern aboutthe perceived association between eye vision and other healthconditions and the side effects of continued use of tablets (Wagner,2012).Most people think that prolonged use of tablets may lead to visionimpairment or strains in the eyes. This further leads to chronic eyeproblems if the continued use of the screens is not halted. Despitethis concern, customers prefer to use of tablets and hope towithstand the health concerns about them.

Inthe future, consumers expect that firms produce tablets and otherrelated electronics will be prudent in producing less wastefulproducts. Customers hope the companies will produce moreenvironmentally friendly tablets by replacing the heavy metals in thetablets with non-harmful components. Customers hope to see less toxicproducts, especially in their use and after their use. At the sametime, consumers expect the companies to produce tablets that arefriendly to the eyes, especially for people who are affected by thetablet light. This is with the addition to the consumer expectationsthat the tablets will still be produced with higher technology andbetter utilities for the growing number of users and utility demands.

However,companies that produce tablets are implementing recycling of devicesin order to reduce electronic wastes (Sanchesz,2012).These companies are also trying to start programs where users canexchange their old tablets with the new ones to reduce the burden ofelectronic wastes (Sanchesz,2012).In addition, companies producing tablets in the industry have takensafety production measure to reduce the extent of light that thetablets have. This is through the use of backlight reduction featuresthat help users adjust the screen light to protect the eyes. Despitethe efforts by the companies producing tablets, these measures havenot been successful in changing the opinion of people about thesustainability of ethical challenges.

References

Sanchesz,S.A. (2012). Infographic:The Sustainability of Tablets.RetrievedFrom,&lthttp://hub.uberflip.com/h/i/472992-infographic-the-sustainability-of-tablets&gtSeptember 23, 2015Wagner,N. (2012). TheHealth Problems With Apple`s iPad and Other Tablet Computers.RetrievedFrom,&lthttp://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/the-health-problems-with-apples-ipad-and-other-tablet-computers/252624&gtSeptember 23, 2015