The World Environmental Day was created by the UN General Assembly in 1972. World Environment Day is observed every 5th June around the globe. This day focuses on the impact of the environment on individuals, businesses, governments, and others.
This encourages us as individuals to think about ways to minimize the environmental impact on a daily basis. This article will give you some tips on how to reduce electronic waste (E-Waste), and the tech tools that can be used to combat the CO2.
What is E-Waste?
E-waste is electronic waste. This includes gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, Macbooks, and laptops. It is intended for disposal. There are ways to deal with E-waste. In the United States, it accounted for 6.9 Million Tons in 2016. Many of these gadgets can be extended in their lives by resale or trade-in.
The 4Rs: Reuse, Reuse, and Recycling:
Trade-in Gadgets can be a great way to save money and reduce e-waste. You have the option of offering it to someone who will pay you for it. You can find many middleman websites online, but we recommend that you use a legitimate website with all the certifications and returns.
Pre-owned laptops, smartphones, and other items can be sold. You can earn $1185 for a Dell Laptop Trade-in. This is in “Flawless” condition and fully functional.
Refurbish, Reuse, Recycling
If they aren’t having serious technical problems, some gadgets can be fixed quickly. They may be able to improve its performance (Refurbish). The owner then re-uses the device. The final step is recycling. This involves salvaging the materials to make another device.
Ebooks instead printed books
In the United States, 208 million tonnes of paper are used each year. Pulling many books requires a lot more energy, water, and paper. Ebooks are a great way to reduce the number of trees needed to make books. Amazon Kindle E-reader is my favorite because it allows you to download books online and reduces storage. This saves CO2 emissions that are used to produce printed books. According to a study on the American book industry, publishing uses 30m trees. It also has a carbon footprint that is close to 12.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. (The Guardian, 2013). This point is not hard to argue with, however, as other studies have shown that the manufacturing of these types of gadgets requires a lot of energy and chemicals.
Rocketbook Core Notebooks
Keep your paper-free lifestyle intact with the Rocketbook Core notebook. This reusable spiral notebook has a glossy cover and a special erasable gel pen called “Pilot Frixion”. This gel pen doesn’t smudge if you wait for it to dry before you start writing. Rocketbook notebook includes an app that allows you to scan your writings and save them in PDF format. The package also includes a cloth to erase the contents.
Ecosia Search Engine
Another way to help the environment is this: Ecosia, an ecological search engine that uses the search results to plant trees, is powered by search ads. Ecosia managed to plant 26,000 trees last year during wildfires that decimated Australian forests. This was all thanks to the search profits. This is an alternative option for people who wish to help reforest trees in Australia or The Amazon. You can download the Search Engine as an Android or IOS app.
The World Environment Day is Not Last, But Not Insignificant:
You can stream The Environment Day online because of the current health crisis. The 2020 theme is Biodiversity, and the host country is Colombia in partnership with Germany. You can find many talks and podcasts on “Sustainable Use of Biodiversity”, green business, and the covid-19 pandemic. It is available for free.
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is an R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for Orlando electronics recycling.