Eco-Conscious Electronics: What You Should Consider

published Apr 25, 2022
1 min read

We all want to be a little bit better in terms of what we’re doing to the planet, but it’s easier said than done today. Every little element of technology, from the parts that make up the hardware, to the software, to the shipping process, has sides to it that aren’t great for the planet.

If you’re looking to be more eco-conscious with your tech, take a look at our guide for all the details.

The price

The electric vehicle is finally here. You can see more and more of those green license plate bars on the road, and more electric plugs in public spaces while you’re at it.

But there’s an issue: they’re still quite pricey.

But there is some good news there. Not only is an electric car cheaper to run, a good side effect of using less gas, but there are also a range of grants available for electric vehicles. The maximum amount you can get in the UK is £1,500, taking a good chunk off the price of an electric car.

Plus, dealerships are well aware that they aren’t about to shift these more expensive cars on good merits alone and are swiftly lowering the price. The Corsa-e, for example, was only 18 months old before Vauxhall chopped £1,000 off the initial asking price.

Doing the right thing is rarely cheap, and there are a lot of other options around doing your daily commute if an electric vehicle is too far out of budget. Consider a carpool or public transport to make things easier and lower your carbon footprint or break out the bike and get stronger in your cycle to work. If that doesn’t suit you, consider getting an electric Vespa, or any other brand of scooter and live your best European lifestyle for less money.

Where the energy is coming from

If you really want to take things to the next level, you can make sure your energy is renewable. You’ll get double points for switching to electric and then making it recyclable. Whether you’re powering your car, your home, your smartphone, etc. look into renewable energy sources.

You can do some research into your energy provider and see where they are on renewable energy. A lot of providers are proud of their efforts in renewable energy and will display that on their websites, and a few are still in the process of making that transition.

You can also look into brands that you intend to give a lot of money to and see where they stand on renewable energy. For example, Apple might have a lot of ideas on how they can try and get more money out of you while handing you the same product, like subscriptions to iPhones or forcing you to get your phone fixed by Apple for a higher price, but they have their eco-friendly side too. Apple are committed to 100% renewable energy and has been that way since 2017, so you can play with your mind at ease.

They’re far from the only ones, though. Samsung got on the renewable energy for manufacturing bandwagon in 2020 and Walmart is 100% powered by renewable energy.

The human aspect

Items that are coming from abroad have a large carbon footprint. If you’re buying something from abroad and getting it delivered to your door, you’re having an item sent around the world, by sea, by air and by road. It’s better for the planet, the economy, and yourself to buy locally, or at least nationally.

It’s worth pointing out too that a lot of these factories have bad, sometimes atrocious, working conditions. Sure, it doesn’t have much to do with the planet, but it’s a consideration if you’re attempting to be more ethical with your purchases.