For a Sustainable Lifestyle
To preserve and protect our planet, we are sharing the 6 R’s for a sustainable lifestyle. Follow these useful terms to reduce the impact of technology on the environment.
Do I really need that? Changing your buying mentality to a more sustainable one starts with a simple question – Do I really need that? Do I really need a new phone every year when the old one works fine? The days of Keeping up with the Joneses is over, our focus should be on keeping our planet clean.
Refusing to buy unnecessary products is the next step in living sustainably. Don’t buy a plastic water bottle when you already have a refillable one. Don’t buy the 10-pack of phone cables if you only need one. The less ‘stuff’ you bring into your home, the less that will end up in a landfill.
Buy less products. Does your household already have a tablet? Does EVERYONE in your household need their own? While it’s nice to have a TV screen in every room – is it necessary? If you are needing a new item seek out options with little to no packaging or buy in bulk. Unneeded items can be donated or sold.
Before getting rid of electronics think about how you could reuse them. Your old smartphone could be your child’s new video player. It can be a backup device for someone in your household. Old tablets can become the remote to your smart home devices.
Just because a device is broken does not mean it is landfill bound. Batteries can be replaced, screens can be swapped and charging ports can be cleaned. Before trashing a device, check online to find a WISE certified repair shop to repair your device or see if reselling your device is an option.
If a device is found to be unrepairable the best thing to do is find a way to recycle it. By recycling we are able to extract raw materials from the devices to use in new products. More recycled raw materials mean less new material is extracted from the earth. There are many facilities in the US willing to take recycled devices for free, please consider contacting one of these before tossing out your device.