In a world where everyone must practice smart ecology, we’ve all become environmentalists. Learning how to shop for technology from our newest cell phone to home networking products that are eco-friendly is important. A few simple tips can make the process much simpler than you might imagine.
Another source is online directories, especially those that are location specific. These are harder to locate, but they often include customer review which is an added benefit.
Green online discussion forums can offer a wealth of information. Just be sure that any you locate are visited by consumers more than by company reps. This will help you get a more objective opinion or recommendation.
Once you’ve located some prospects, be sure you choose a green supplier. Many corporate websites today contain information about their green philosophy. Research them before you buy to see where they stand on environmental issues.
Look for items made from recycled materials. This may include the packaging as well as the technology itself. HP, for instances, makes almost all of their packaging from recycled materials. You can also recycle yourself and add even more to your environmental savings.
Look for energy efficient products in order to reduce your energy consumption. Some products are designed to use less energy. Others, such as computers that power down after an inactive period, can be set to save electricity on a schedule. Look for both options when buying for the most significant energy savings.
Compare different products. While many computers or laptops look alike, there can be major differences in the impact of the company, or the product, on the environment. This goes along with researching vendors, but takes it a step further into the product line itself.
Choose Energy Star® compliant products whenever possible. You can tell which equipment is the most eco-friendly and provides the most energy savings by looking for this seal.
Search for products with longer lasting batteries. This means less recycling and more cost savings for you. Many batteries now use a newer technology that lasts several times longer than older versions. In addition to saving the landfill and your out of pocket replacement fees, these batters are also PVC-free which is an added value for the environment.
While the green movement is still in its infancy, and many companies and businesses have yet to climb on board, there are ways to purchase products that are more environmentally friendly. It make take a bit longer, and it may require additional time and effort on your part, but the rewards of a healthy ecology for yourself and your family is worth any added labor buying green might require.
Thanks to Brandon for submitting this guest article!