Don’t buy AirPods
For roughly 18 months, AirPods play music, or podcasts, or make phone calls. Then the lithium-ion batteries will stop holding a charge, and the AirPods will become unusable. They can’t be repaired because they’re glued together. They can’t be recycled, because there’s no safe way to separate the lithium-ion battery from the plastic shell. So, when your AirPods inevitable die, you’ll have to chuck them in the garbage and they’ll sit in landfill forever. And that’s only if you haven’t lost them by the time they’ve gone dead. They’re so small they’re way too easy to lose, or accidentally launder with your clothes and break.
Of course, AirPods aren’t unique. Many of the products that we use daily were built to become trash. And this is, for sure, part of a wider problem (product repairability hurts the bottom line). But Apple has gone so far as to lobby against right-to-repair efforts and even collaborated with Amazon to boot iPhone and Macbook refurbishers off the Amazon marketplace.
We simply just can’t keep accepting and buying disposable electronics. We have to say enough is enough and send the message to big corporations like Apple that we want products that will last a long time, that can be repaired, that are sourced sustainably and ethically. So, don’t buy the AirPods, and more than that, write Apple and tell them why.