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Motorola Launches Its First Carbon Neutral Phone

Motorola recently launched what they claim to be first ever carbon neutral phone at the Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas. Additionally, the plastics used in the phone’s exterior are made from recycled water bottles.  The company signed up with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon produced during the manufacturing process of the handset. Distribution and operating activities are also offset. Motorola invests in the Carbonfund’s program of renewable energy and reforestation investments.

When you take a close look at the phone you will see that the Carbonfund investment is not a free ticket to environmental utopia because the press buttons and the robust exterior are entirely made of the kinds of metals that still will need recycling at the end of the phone’s life. But, having said that, knowing that the plastics are 100% made of recycled bottles is hopeful, especially when competitors like Nokia and Samsung are using bioplastics made from food crops. The Carbonfund also awarded Motorola with its CarbonFree® Product Certification after an extensive product life-cycle assessment. (more…)

January 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

PC Magazine Says Next Climate Deal Should Include Rules On Tech Equipment

PC Magazine runs an All Green issue this month. The magazine introduces a ‘Green Approved award’ for computers that raise the bar for environmentally friendly technology and calls for the next international deal on climate change to set standards for manufacturing, product life spans, power consumption, and recycling of technical equipment.

“We need a long-term alternative to shipping garbage from one place to another. […] It’s not just about our cars, heating systems, and AC. It’s the products in our hands, in our pockets, on our desktops, and right in front of us”, the magazine opines. The IT sector’s contribution to pollution is certainly a topical but under reported issue. Most of the hype about green IT originates from power savings through clever software, but there’s incredibly little being done about the use of highly toxic physical materials (plastic, LED screens etc).

At the moment the non-biodegradability of electronics products is becoming an issue because of the waste problem that is being created as landfills are overflowing and electronics equipment is being dumped in irresponsible ways in Africa and Asia.

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Some recycling efforts are underway in the US. Companies and individuals can depose ethically of PCs and other equipment at various companies. One such company is called Intercon Recycling, which operates throughout the US and Canada and runs under ISO certified guidelines for environmental management businesses. Every item deposed at an Intercon Recycling outlet is broken down into its basic components and not a single item ends up in a landfill.

If you are looking to depose of your still functioning cell phone, pager or PDA, try to cash it in at CellForCash.com or donate it to Call2Recycle.org, CollectiveGood.com, donateaphone.com. Alternatively, you can drop them off at Staples office supply shops or even at the police station.

Just to give you an idea of the value of recycling; one recycled aluminum can saves up to 300 watt-hours. That is enough to run a 100-watt bulb for three hours! Making a new aluminum can from recycled aluminum only takes 5% of the energy it takes to create one from scratch. The same counts for the various materials processed in old PCs and electronics.

March 17, 2008 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Guide To Recycling Your Rainwater By Building A Pump Driven Irrigation System

This is a 3.5 minute guide to building a pumping system for irrigating your garden by recycling rain water. All you need is an underground tank, a bucket, a drill, a circular electric fan (the people in the video picked it up for $5 second hand), a cone shaped water pump (also very cheap in swap shops), and a punctured garden hose for the irrigation system.

You attach the restyled fan funnels under your roof gutters to catch the water, leading to an underground reservoir. When it’s the dry season, the pump driven irrigation system waters your garden!

March 11, 2008 at 10:27 am 2 comments

Have Your Company Post Scanned Online And Boost Recycling By 500%

On March 6th the first episode of the real life soap StartupJunkies will air in which the protagonists are real entrepreneurs pioneering online delivery of postal mail. The show, shot by hi-def channel Mojo.com, follows Ron Wiener who set up Earthclass Mail on his trail to lure venture capital.

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The business pitch is compelling; companies and private persons can reduce their carbon footprint and boost their productivity by having Earthclass Mail scan their mail and put it online. Just like email! This way you can eliminate unwanted mail before it arrives on your desk and clutters up the spare office space.

Wiener’s aim is to achieve a business presence in over 20 U.S. cities and the reality soap is a big part of this effort. In the first episode Wiener is filmed traveling to Seattle’s K4 global network, a fast growing international business angel investor group to secure major cash injection into his business. A group of over 500 investors will examine the opportunity, go through the prospectus and ask some highly critical questions before deciding if Earthclass Mail will receive any investment. “The show illustrates the problems faced by entrepreneurs, and explains the growth process they face as they seek funding to grow their new businesses”, Judith Iglehart and Scott Pacult report on Keiretsu (K4)’s blog.

Wiener has been on the road for a while already, having pitched his business before Californian, Colorado and Barcelona investors members of the K4 investment community. The man’s most luring catch phrase no doubt is “See how easily your organization can witness the biggest boost in productivity and cost savings since the introduction of email.”

Wiener has a point. By aggregating the paper stacks of corporations, the recycling effort could take off in earnest. He’s got my blessing; I have signed up for their referral program. Be sure to click on the link here!

March 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

Ebay? Here’s Freebay!

Landfills are fast becoming fashionable. Languagewise, that is. But while all the buzz builds up on our wasteful habits, part of the solution is to consider giving items away that haven’t overstayed their welcome. A good site that enables you to find thankful takers is Freecycle.org.

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The Freecycle network is a registered trademark, because the concept is so successful. Made up of 4,275 groups worldwide, it has 4,608,000 members to date. One of the secrets of Freecycle’s success is that it inspires people to give as well as to receive. Freecycle is a non profit grassroots movement of people who swap stuff in their own towns. “It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills and each local group is moderated by a local volunteer”, says its founder.

Big corporations are also in on it. A San Jose (CA) newspaper reported recently that “A truckload of diapers, clothes and supplies was collected through Freecycle for an orphanage in Haiti. FedEx donated the shipping!” That’s awesome.

Another great testimony is this one, reported in a Louiseville, KY paper; “I gave a loveseat to a lady who had nothing. Her husband had walked out on her and her children, and they were starting over from scratch. She was so thankful she cried – over a loveseat I would have probably thrown away.”

Simply find your community by entering it into the search box on the movement’s website and register for free.

January 5, 2008 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment












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