Many of us are trying to live a “greener” life. We’re taking steps that will preserve our natural resources and make the world a better place to hand to the next generation. We may already be involved in recycling, composting, and other environmentally helpful activities. But it can be easy to overlook aspects of our lives that could still be greener. Technology is a vital aspect of many of our lives. At its best, it can connect us to family via Skype, email, and text messages. It can enable us to start a business from our own homes. We can now take wonderful photographs and videos on our mobile phone or tablet. But at its worst, technology can contribute a lot of waste. There are often constant updates, new models, and competition for the latest gadgets. This can mean that perfectly usable items are discarded.
Technology can make our lives both fuller and easier. But if you’re concerned about making environmentally conscious decisions, you can make changes. The way you consume technology matters too. Read on to discover how to make your choices with technology more beneficial to the environment.
Many technology companies now offer a free service to recycle old devices. If you have recently purchased a new model or have no use for your old one, the materials are still useful. Making a new phone, tablet, or computer from scratch uses a lot of energy and resources. Recycling can help offset some of this. It may also be possible to send your device to a company or website who will pay users a small fee for their discarded items. Recycling leaves you with a positive feeling of having made an environmentally-responsible decision. You can pocket some extra cash too!
Buying CDs, DVDs and books that can all be purchased electronically can create unnecessary waste. Postage and packaging are all extra material. The delivery of the item will also involve transport and some form of carbon footprint. Downloading songs, movies and more from sites like Tradebit can be an environmental improvement. It will also save us space and clutter because our favorite items will be on a hard-drive and not scattered on the floor or shelves.
Consider Buying Used
Used or pre-owned technology items may sound counterproductive at first. But sites and stores have become more reputable and well-regulated. There are now many reasons why an item might be available as pre-owned but in near mint condition. For sometimes a fraction of the price, you can buy a recent model. Buying used items helps to contribute to their increased demand. In simple terms, this means that the standard of items available improves, and fewer new items need to be made. Before handing over your cash for the latest model, investigate your options carefully. Websites like eBay and Amazon can be a great resource. But there are specialized sites too that can offer advice and may have been carefully vetted. You might just save yourself a bundle while saving the planet too!