Tips For Buying Greener

Buying greener electronics doesn’t have to be more expensive.
Tips For Buying Greener

Office equipment is a dirty business. Odds are the computers and printers in your office are filled with toxic chemicals. When they’re thrown out, there’s a risk that they’ll be burned in smelters, polluting the air, or even worse, dumped illegally somewhere halfway around the world. That’s not to mention the mountains of coal they’re collectively consuming every moment they’re turned on. There’s no such thing as a “green” computer, but there are ways to minimize the health and environmental impact from tech.
 
Buying greener electronics doesn’t have to be more expensive. The North American Green Purchasing Initiative, for example, recommends buying multifunction devices that can print, copy, scan, and fax all in one, instead of buying four separate machines. Investing in a machine that makes two-sided printing simple also can save money by reducing paper use.
 
 
 
Here are a few more tips:
 
Buy EPEAT Certified Products: EPEAT is to computers what LEED is to building construction. The Green Electronics Council evaluates desktops, notebooks, and monitors based on 51 criteria. They include manufacturing materials, packaging, energy consumption, and ease of recycling. The best products get an EPEAT Gold rating.
 
Manage Power Consumption: Several software programs are available to help manage computers’ power consumption. Usually an application comes installed on new desktop computers. But network administrators have other options for making sure employees’ computers switch off when they’re not in use, saving energy and money.
 
Recycle: Old cell phones and electronics can release heavy metals and other chemicals into the environment if they’re thrown in the trash. Recycling e-waste is the law in Minnesota. It’s important to find a legitimate recycler. Web sites that can get you pointed in the right direction include rethinkrecycling.com and bestbuy.com/recycling.