Strategies For a Greener Technology Environment

How green is the technology? Do you use recycled paper? Can you dispose of your old computer equipment in a green and earth friendly way? These are merely two of the things which you can do to be more environmental conscious.

Some of the most common things one can tackle to be more environmental conscious and become a greener business, are: (1) Use recycled printer paper, (2) Refill or recycle printer cartridges and (3) Better computer use.

Among the simplest ways in greening your business environment is to use recycled printer paper. Not all recycled printer paper are great, so when purchasing such printer paper, be certain to buy paper that doesn’t use a chlorine procedure during the making of this paper, because these chemicals are also bad for the environment. Using recycled printer paper will go a long way in conserving trees and the environment.

Another easy means of greening your environment is by recycling or refilling printer cartridges. From the early 1990’s, it was common practice to discard printer cartridges without thinking to much about its impact on the environment. But with the development from the printer cartridge business, it has become easy to refill your printer cartridges. It’s also more cost effective. An individual must just ensure to follow directions carefully, in order to not damage the cartridge, which might also damage your printer. When recycling printer cartridges, take it to the local computer shop. They generally have proper recycling procedures in place.

Being a little more aware in how you utilize a computer, can have a massive effect on the environment, particularly in the use of electricity. Some of the ways to conserve electricity are:

  • As soon as your computer is not being used, which it off in the wall plug, as it consume phantom electricity if switched on in the wall plug, i.e. the display and other little lights on the computer.
  • Permit the power saving settings on your computer and configure these properly for the periods once your computer is not being used.
  • If at all you can, use a notebook or laptop, as they may use around 50% less power than a desktop.
  • Use blank screen savers (black), as this would not emit any light, where as any animated screensavers absorb unnecessary power

Using recycled printer paper, refilling or recycling printer cartridges and being more aware in using your computer might appear to have little effect if someone does it, but with the increasing number of technology users, if most of us start adopting these strategies, it’s going to have a massive impact on the environment.

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