Tips to turn tech toys green

2014-04-22 14:32
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Consumers can use the power of their wallets to pressure retailers into adopting more environmentally friendly policies when it comes to technology products.

Günther Jünger, Intel director for Corporate Affairs in Europe, Middle East and Africa says that consumer choices play a significant role in shifts to environmental policies among retailers.

He shared some of his tips for people to go green with technology, especially to celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday.

Shop online

Online retail has dramatically changed the way we shop, with great solutions for sourcing every type of product from clothing to groceries reducing our reliance on leaving home, getting in the car and driving to a shopping mall or supermarket.

Ask about environmental policies

Individuals have the greatest potential to drive change. As consumers, we can get curious about the products we buy and ask the companies we buy from where they stand on ethical and environmental issues that matter to us.

Switch off

We all know that we can make a greener choice by turning off lights, turning home appliances off properly and not leaving things like our TVs on standby, but don’t forget about your computing devices.

Save energy

In day to day life we're all using energy all the time, but we can't necessarily see it so it can be difficult to know whether you’re using energy as efficiently as you could be.

Recycle

Some retailers actually operate schemes whereby you can return your old laptop or PC for free and they will recycle it - it's worth asking before buying. Just remember - if you do recycle an old device you’re not using anymore - be sure to remove any personal data stored on it first.
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