State of Sustainability Research for Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices

April 30, 2021

The State of Sustainability Research for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices presents science-based evidence and data about the life cycle social and environmental impacts of this category of electronic products. It is the basis for a new EPEAT category covering fitness trackers, smartwatches, and wearable medical devices.

This research comprises a detailed analysis of the market, material composition, and life cycle environmental and social impacts of wearable electronic devices, along with strategies to reduce the identified impacts. It also includes a dedicated chapter on data privacy concerns, prepared by the Future of Privacy Forum, and recommends strategies to protect sensitive personal data.