Recycle, Re-Use And Re-Fit To Save The World

Did you know that compared to any other type of product, that electronics use more of the world’s resources?

The manufacturing of a microchip which only weighs 0.07 ounces actually takes in terms of materials to produce an entire 66 pounds?

More terrifying stats come with the revelation that of all the energy that your PC will ever use in its lifespan, three quarters of that is burned through before it is ever even switched on?

In other words, that is because most of the energy it will ever use in its life has been used in the production of it.

Now no one, least of all us geeks, are suggesting you should pack away your iPhones and try and re join the nineteen seventies.

But there are still things you can do to reduce the global impact of your electronics consumptions.

Just keeping your current phone for longer, can help reduce your environmental footprint. Hanging on to your phone for four years, instead of rushing out to replace it after only one, can reduce the impact on the environment by forty percent.

In short, try to adopt a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it’ attitude to your consumable electronics. Where possible, buy better, so that your device lasts longer. Read reviews to discover what is likely to last the tests of time the best. Try and resist the urge to buy new shiny things, just because they are there! (We know, it can be hard…)

And what when things do start to go a bit wrong? Well, there is no need to immediately throw the baby out with the bathwater.

It is always worth trying to find out what the problem is and see if it can be fixed, before you give up the ghost immediately.

Phone batteries and screens can generally be replaced (although – carefully) to give them a new lease of life. But had you thought of giving your PC a shot in the arm, in the same way?

Try adding an SSD or perhaps some more RAM if it has begun to flag. It is worth a try at the very least and may yield surprisingly good results.

And as for the broken devices, well, it is worth having a go at fixing them first, or taking them to a repair center that will do it for you.

Scrapping a device, especially if it is still relatively new, should be a last resort and not the first thing we think of doing, when we hit a problem with our electronic devices.