Unsustainable technology means technology that is not environmentally friendly. It is hazardous to the environment and its applications can produce lifelong damage.
It involves the use of technology that are non-renewable resources, produces harmful waste, or contributes to pollution.
Examples of unsustainable technology are:-
- Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas burning released into the air, contribute majorly to climate change.
- Single-use plastics are also not biodegradable and it may take hundreds of years to decompose. They are often released to landfills or the oceans, resulting in harming wildlife and ecosystems.
- Unsustainable farming methods damage the environment with the use of more resources that can be replaced naturally.
The example of unsustainable technologies in the digital industry are:-
- Hardware-software development cycle leads to upgrading the equipment regularly and generating more electronic waste.
- Online video streaming is a significant factor as the energy consumption of digital technologies is increased by 9% a year. The environmental impact is recognized as unsustainable.
- Plastic technology is one of the crucial to be identified as an unsustainable technology and produces a major plastic waste.
- Vulnerable digital products lead to security risks and environmental damage.
- The inequity of access to digital technology leads to resource consumption and a huge environmental impact.
The technologies that are not sustainable are not just narrowed to one such discipline but it is wider than we can think about. It is important to consider the environmental impact of such hazardous technology and we should promote more eco-friendly technologies shortly as much as possible.
However, it should be cheaper and not expensive.