Nowadays, our lives are tremendously impacted by technology that are evolving each day. It’s safe to say that we simply can’t function without some of the gadgets in our day-to-day life. Whilst they make our lives more fun and convenient, there is a price for everything, and it has nothing to do with money!
The Earth has a lot to offer, but people sometimes take it for granted. This leads to the severe draining and contamination of our natural resources. It’s time to put an end to this. Collectively, we need to change our bad habits, even if it means letting go of familiar assets. There are so many small but effective ways to make your gadgets eco-friendly. You have no excuse but to try it!
Do your research before buying
It’s always a good idea to be as informed as you can be, especially on important topics like environmentalism. A lot of companies claim their products and devices are eco-friendly. However, it’s not always the case. That’s why it’s important to do a little research prior to purchasing gadgets. You want to look for licenses and certificates that legitimately state that they are eco-friendly. New brands emerge each day and jump on the eco hype train. They do so because it’s marketable and trendy, and not for all the right reasons. This is called green washing so make sure you do your research and question everything.
Buy second hand
An obvious way to be eco-friendly with gadgets is to not contribute to the problem. This means not buying new ones and opting for used ones if possible. This is a common practice with clothes and other home items, so why wouldn’t it be with gadgets as well? Yes, some devices are simply impossible to get second hand. But there are always good options, all you have to do is find them! There are actually a lot of sellers that strictly work with used and second-hand gadgets. Make sure you consider those options as well before buying a brand new product from the store.
The best thing you can do is to start investing in eco-friendly brands. There are multiple things to look for in a brand apart from their ethical claims and eco-friendliness. For instance, pela phone cases are biodegradable, meaning that they are safe for the environment once you decide to discard them. This is important as well as the initial making of the product. You don’t want to support large corporations and the wasteful industry. Make sure you look into the life cycle of a product. That way you know you are not harming the environment once you throw something away.
Get recyclable gadgets
A great way to be more environmentally friendly is to purchase items that are recyclable or made from recycled waste. Nowadays, thanks to technology and innovations, devices are drastically changing and becoming safer and safer for the environment, whilst still keeping the initial functionality. This means that less waste is being made, while the components are being reused and recycled over and over. As a result, we have an eco-friendly cycle! This is part of creating a circular economy. Not only does this help keep more waste from entering landfills, it also sends a message to large companies. It’s important to remember that we are all in this together. Therefore, creating a circular economy needs everyone’s attention, from manufacturing, businesses and consumers. This is the only way to stop the damages that are inevitable and the shrinkage of resources that are important for our survival.
No more toxic cleaning supplies
A lot of people are focused on the items themselves and if they are eco-friendly or not, but they seem to look past other, silent eco killers in our day-to-day use. Sure, people like cleaned and polished cars, who doesn’t, right? – but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to use harsh chemicals and toxic cleaning detergents in order to achieve that. A lot of products are extremely harmful to our soil and water, so you should stay away from them and only use mild, eco-friendly products instead. These cleaning products come in a variety, for your phone screen, for your laptop, for your keyboard, for your car…all of that is quite unnecessary, instead of spending money on loads of products, get one that’s good and environmentally friendly instead!
Be aware of the energy drainage
It’s impossible to prevent energy drainage, in order to power a device you’ll need a power source! But that doesn’t mean you need to spend loads and loads of electricity when you can opt for an alternative, more eco-friendly way to charge your devices. Before getting a specific gadget, make sure you are aware of how much energy it will need, some devices need a lot more than others, and it’s up to you to decide if you truly need it or not. If you really need the gadget in question, you can always garage it whilst taking minimal energy drainage, and by using natural resources! Investing in solar panels is great, it might seem expensive at first, but they will save you money in the long run, whilst maintaining the eco-friendly cycle! By making your own energy, you are able to power up a lot of gadgets, making them more eco-friendly in the meantime, and if you are fortunate enough you can power up your entire house!
Being more environmentally aware and trying to immerse yourself in an eco-friendly lifestyle, is a must if you want to save the planet and shrink the damage as much as possible. A lot of people take this for granted and simply look past the obvious consequences that are happening in the world and continuing to waste energy. This is a vicious cycle that needs to end, and by starting small and steady, one day the Earth will heal! So that’s why it’s important to be informed and to actually try to do better, even if you think your small efforts aren’t important in the grand scheme of things, they truly are!