How to be more eco-friendly for the environment when using tech
By Michael Wilson.
Tech and the environment aren’t often thought of as compatible. But actually both can – and often do – go hand-in-hand when it comes to keeping the Earth clean. Here’s some ways to love your tech devices and Mother Earth at the same time.
E-Cycle old devices
Old televisions, plasma computer monitors and cords don’t have to end up in a landfill. They can be e-cycled. Plastic from some devices has been used to make park benches and much of the precious metals in computers, such as gold, are extracted and then re-processed for use in newer devices.
Arizona boasts a number of e-cycling facilities, including GenTech’s partner AZ StRUT. AZ StRUT teaches students how to refurbish old computers and then donates those devices to schools, communities and organizations in need. A lot of those devices end up in the hands of KidsTech students who take them apart and put them back together again as part of our Crazy Computer Builds program.
Before you recycle your old devices, however, it’s crucial to delete all the sensitive data from them, including printers. If you’re permanently disposing of tech, simply clicking “Delete” on a file folder isn’t sufficient. You’ll want to get the data professionally removed to ensure it can never be accessed again. We believe secure date wipes are one of the most valuable services GenTech offers its clients and encourage you to contact us about it.
Make green choices when using technology
Typing emails, streaming videos, texting friends and even downloading music can all increase your carbon footprint. The good news is there’s a way to be eco-conscious while working or enjoying your favorite show.
An easy place to start is your search engine. By switching to Ecosia you can help plant more carbon-hungry trees. Founded in 2009 by Christian Kroll, the company’s goal from its inception was to create a company that gave more back than it received. In addition to using its search engine revenue to plant trees, Ecosia has a carbon zero footprint.
Here in Arizona, White Hat Technology helps small business owners go green by offering web hosting services through their partner IONOS, a completely green company.
Rethink your device’s lifespan
In an age of when people toss perfectly find old iPhones for the latest model, it’s easy to get into a mindset of simply throwing away old devices. Yet even “old” tech can get a new lease on life with some creative repurposing. For example, our friends at AZ StRUT use old laptop batteries to power flashlights. People have turned computer towers into mailboxes and old Gameboys into mini planters. Even old iPods have become some techie’s backup portable drive.
There’s no need to feel guilty about your favorite tech devices or tools. If you’re willing to shift your mindset a bit, your tech goes from trash to part of the circular economy.
Still not sure where to begin? Stop in the GenTech store or contact us today to learn more.