Greentech tips

Greentech tips

11 November, 2012
Planet friendly geek
Smart ideas for electronics users

Consumers, especially those of us in the fast-paced, ever-changing technology landscape of Hong Kong, are conditioned to frequently update and change our electronic gadgets. As such, not enough is done to ensure that the life cycle of these objects make less impact on the environment. In Hong Kong, a survey of 1054 young people done by Friends of the Earth in 2009 showed that cell phones were changed on average every one year and eight months. 65% of interviewees said they replaced their mobile phones in their first year of purchase. With the general public viewing electronics as disposable, trendy items that need to be changed frequently, a lot of unnecessary waste is being generated.
Here are some ways electronic users can make a difference to the environment.
Rechargeable Batteries
Opt for lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride that can be recharged, rather than disposable alkaline batteries, very few of which are actually recycled.
Be an Energy Star
When making electronic and appliance purchasse, look into the energy consumption of the devices. Remember that being energy efficient is also cost effective and can save you money on bills in the long term.
Recycle your electronics when they no longer work. If they are still in good condition, trade them in for new ones or donate them to charities that can use them for education and training of underprivileged students.
Phantom Power
Many devices continue to drain energy even when not in use or when fully charged but still plugged in. To avoid this, rather than plugging directly into the wall, use a power strip with on/off switches to make sure that the power is not just in sleep mode, but totally shut off when you want it off.
Environmental Labelling
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a system for evaluating, certifying and registering green computers and other electronics. To be registered in EPEAT, 23 required environmental performance criteria must be met. Registered products are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on the percentage of the 28 optional criteria they meet above the baseline criteria.
Think Before Buying
Do you really need the newest gadget on store shelves? While it might be trendy to carry around the hottest electronic item in town whether it be a cell phone, computer, or MP3 player, it is not so cool for the environment.
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By: Ecozine Staff


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