Una envisions a more sustainable future for wearable devices

Wearable contribution to E-waste

Wearables have been shown to improve our health and motivate us during our sporting pursuits. It is estimated that by 2030, 65% of the world's population will own a wearable.

However, this comes at a cost to the environment. Typical smart watches and fitness trackers are not designed to be repaired or upgraded and are a major contributor to the growing e-waste problem. By 2030 it is estimated that 75 million tonnes of e-waste will be produced annually. 32% of this total comes from small devices which includes mobile phones and wearables.

Why are wearables discarded?

To address the e-waste problem with wearables, let's look at the specific reasons why wearables are discarded:

  • Battery no longer holds charge
  • Display is damaged and repair is not economically or technically feasible
  • Charging port is damaged or proprietary charging cable is misplaced
  • New features only available on new devices

Difficulties with repair

In typical wearable devices, repair is difficult and costly:

  • Extensive use of glue makes opening the device difficult
  • Replacement parts are not made available
  • Batteries are not designed to be handled

How Una is solving the problem

By tackling the longevity problem of existing wearables, Una offers a watch that is more considerate of the environment.

Una aims to build devices that can outlast other wearables by 3 to 5 times, thus reducing the overall emissions produced during manufacturing and shipping of the devices, as well as reducing the number of devices that end up in landfill.

The modular design of the Una watch is just one of the ways that Una offers a longer lasting device. This is combined with handy repair guides and spare parts that are readily available at fair prices.

Making electronic devices that are serviceable benefits both consumers and the planet.

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