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3 Ways to Be “Greener” in the Digital Age

Monday, March 05, 2018 | Comments (0)

In many ways, today’s technology looks straight out of the futuristic movies from only 10-20 years ago. Remember Minority Report starring Tom Cruise? In just four years the basic form of technology portrayed in that movie came out in the form of the tablets we take for granted today. 

The point is, the world is now almost fully digital. Gadgets and all kinds electronic devices are nearly indispensable in today's world. Although nothing can beat the tangible nature of paper, these devices make processes more efficient, economical, and easy to accomplish. 

These devices, however, come with a price. 

Our reliance on digital devices means that our power consumption is also going up, forcing electricity providers to increase their means of providing power to customers. Unfortunately, producing electricity requires the burning of fossil fuels, which, in turn, releases tonnes of greenhouse gases into the environment.

The good news is that several companies offer solutions allowing you to be 'greener' in the digital age.

Use Solar Chargers 

A solar charger is one of the best investments you can make to add a bit of ‘green’ to your lifestyle. A solar charger is basically a mobile power bank that can be charged simply by leaving it out in the sun. Let the device charge for a few hours and you have an off-the-grid source of power for your personal devices. Once the power bank’s charge has run out, simply place it under the sun to replenish its battery.

Recycle Your Old Mobile Devices

It’s estimated about five million new phones are purchased every year in Australia alone. Not surprisingly, this has led to an increase of electronic waste making their way into landfills.

But did you know that old phones and computers can be recycled? Circuit boards inside your devices can be melted down and recycled so that their raw materials can be used to produce electronic components. This reduces the need to mine for additional raw materials like copper, bronze and even gold. 

And if you don’t need a new phone, why not just keep your existing one until it finally conks out? Not only are you saving money, you’re also doing the environment a favor.

Give Your Devices a Rest

You don’t have to keep your devices running at all times.

Laptops, for instance, run on batteries, so it’s a good idea to run your device on battery power to save electricity. Better yet, if you don’t need to use your computer, turn it off. This doesn’t just apply to laptop computers, but also mobile devices like phones and tablets. Give yourself a ‘tech break’ every now and then—your mental well-being and the environment will thank you for it.

These are just three ways you can go “green” in this predominantly digital world. The list of ways to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is endless, and it usually starts at the smallest things, like using a reusable shopping bag instead of a disposable single-use plastic bag.

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