Environmental sustainability is a hot topic in many ways currently – and in celebration of Earth Hour, we’d like to provide some tips to make sure you know all the ins and outs of being tech-conscious AND environmentally friendly. Whether it be trying to reduce your carbon emissions by driving an eco friendly car, or simply going out of your way to compost or recycle, being environmentally friendly is an important part in keeping our planet healthy and clean!
Did you know e-waste is predicted to double by 2050? According to researchers at the United Nations University since 2000, e-waste amounts have grown from 20 million to 50 million tonnes per year in 2019.
What You Can Do to Be More Eco-Friendly
Recycling your old electronics is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint – many electronics such as televisions and computers contain valuable materials that can be reused for a variety of purposes. The metals found in wires, cables, and circuitry is used as raw material for future electronics, while glass and plastic are often melted down to be reused for new products!
While recycling your defunct computers is definitely a better option than tossing it in the trash (where it will likely sit in a landfill for all of eternity), United Nations Environmental Programme reports that 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste is produced each year, with 5.5 tonnes of it being computers, cell phones and televisions.
As well, many electronics are often being shipped to poorer countries, where they are illegally dumped and stripped of their precious metals. As this is typically done in primitive conditions, toxic materials leak into the environment, further polluting the land, water, and air.
When E-Waste Just Can’t Be Dealt With
If that’s the case, then what kind of solutions do we have to help deal with these environmental issues? For starters, old electronics can always be donated to a used goods store, or perhaps even sold online for a bit of cash – but what if you’re still trying to get some use of the technology you have?
That’s where the StartMeStick comes in – we provide a second life to old computers that may not be working properly otherwise (unfortunately we won’t be able to fix your broken TV). So if you have an old computer that you just can’t seem to get working properly, or if you’re using a computer with Windows 7 and don’t feel like parting with it just yet, the StartMeStick is perfect for you.
The StartMeStick is a fast, private, and secure operating system, all contained within a portable USB – plugging it into your computer temporarily replaces your previous operating system, allowing you to continue using your defunct computer!
For users of Windows 7, who make up 40% of the world’s PC users, the StartMeStick will allow you to continue using your computer, despite Microsoft discontinuing support. Your computer is still functioning, but probably just needs an updated operating system. You just plug it in, and your old computer will be given new life!
Want to learn a bit more about the StartMeStick? Check it out some of the details here.
Some Tips For Being More Environmentally Conscious at Home
With that being said, there are several things you can do to help ensure that you’re doing all you can for the environment – even small things can really help out!
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
As we were saying earlier, recycling is one of the best things you can do to be a bit more eco friendly – and this isn’t just limited to your papers and plastics. If you’re faced with the task of getting rid of some electronics, it’s important to know where you can safely dispose of your junk.
If You’re Not Using It, Turn It Off or Unplug It
Oftentimes we’ll leave our devices turned on so we can easily access them next time around – but by doing so you’re really just consuming more energy than necessary. The same goes for leaving some of your devices plugged in – they still consume power regardless. So if you’re not using it, turn it off or unplug it!
Invest in Energy Efficient Electronics
The average American household spends roughly $1,500 on their energy bill, but by switching to more efficient appliances, you can cut down your power consumption – saving you both money and energy. There are a bunch of different ways you can start being more efficient with the technology you use.
What kind of steps are you taking to be more environmentally friendly? Even the littlest action can serve to protect the environment, so be sure to keep the environment on your mind when you’re going about your day!