The Real Cost of Digital Pregnancy Tests
Did you know that digital ovulation and pregnancy tests actually contain a small computer? Those screens may be easy to read, but they leave a lasting impact on the environment.
By Natalist CEO Vernita Brown
We’ve already debunked the myth that digital pregnancy tests are more accurate, or somehow better (they’re not!). They are actually the same when you open them up and look inside. So, how do they differ in terms of sustainability?
Digital tests = electronic waste
Digital at-home ovulation and pregnancy tests are especially harmful to the environment because they are disposable products that contain tiny computers. This means that when they are thrown out, they become electronic waste (e-waste).
E-waste refers to discarded electronic products, which can release toxic chemicals like arsenic, cadmium, chromium, mercury, and lead into the air, soil and water. E-waste contributes to 70% of America’s toxic waste, and the small fraction that is recycled still poses a threat to workers and local communities. While there are ways to recycle e-waste, only 20% of recoverable materials were properly recycled in 2016, meaning tons of discarded electronics were still left in landfills.
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