Since the advent of no less than two so-called tech booms, the mining of raw materials required for the composition of silicon molds continues to increase exponentially, not forgetting that mining operations extend to the sourcing of numerous other materials that go into the manufacture of most parts, components, appliances, devices, operating tools, terminals, and so forth, that are now heavily influenced by and dependent on computer based hardware and software.
What makes this broad-based and still-expanding industry contentious is the fact that it is operating from within a heavily polluted environment. A phenomenal amount of damage continues to be done to the environment during mining operations. And if not discarded in a responsible manner, obsolete or redundant appliances, devices and structures continue to harm the environment as well. All in all, the earth’s carbon consumption remains at unsatisfactorily high levels.
There is much work that still needs to be done to save the environment and reduce those carbon levels to what could be accepted as healthy. As they say, every bit count. But to say that the positive contributions now being made by silicon wafer suppliers and the like would be wholly inaccurate. These days, it is quite the reverse. Silicon wafer suppliers are now servicing a world-wide industry. But having said that, far more sustainable solutions still need to be found in regard to the shipping of reclaimed silicon wafers.
But when you come to think of it, work is being done in this area too. It is no longer necessary for silicon shipments to be made across the seas now that regional processing centers are being set up in different and strategic corners of the globe. So it goes that the source and supply of silicon wafers is becoming more sustainable.