The RAIN RFID Sustainability workgroup, founded in 2020, is proud to announce its second publication, E-Waste Disposal Regulations and RAIN RFID. This recently published whitepaper, set to be published in November 2021 seeks to create a foundational understanding of how e-waste associated with RAIN RFID is currently regulated globally.
The workgroup’s vision is to better understand the environmental impact of RAIN RFID equipment, tags, and the items they are embedded in to facilitate increased sustainability. To realize this vision, the workgroup conducts research and creates educational materials such as this whitepaper.
While social and financial sustainability are definitely important and taken into consideration depending on the context, environmental sustainability is the workgroup’s primary focus. In addition to examining e-waste regulations as they pertain to RAIN RFID, the workgroup recently published a whitepaper on the definition of sustainability as it relates to RAIN RFID. This whitepaper can be accessed here. The workgroup is also currently conducting research around the environmental impact of RAIN RFID tags through the lens of a Life Cycle Assessment.
The RAIN RFID Sustainability workgroup sees these initial research endeavors as a foundational stage and aims to pursue such topics as circularity and applied use cases of RAIN RFID enabling industries to become more sustainable. In order to understand those topics, it is important to first lay a solid foundation of what currently applies to RAIN RFID and sustainability. The workgroup can then go on to do more detailed explorations of the exciting crossroads of RAIN RFID and sustainability in the future.
A synopsis of this document on e-waste disposal regulations and RAIN RFID can be found below:
Please find access to this paper here.