How Green is Your Hardware?

green_computer.jpg You are probably reading this on a machine filled with lead, and all kinds of other toxic and unrecyclable nasties. Luckily there is at least one technology consulting firm that is doing their part to push hardware buyers and sellers to become more sustainable – and they are doing it for free with a great web tool.
Softchoice is trying to become the ‘leading enabler of sustainable IT practices’. They are off to a good start with their EcoTech solutions page.
This resource makes product purchasing recommendations using the EPEAT standard, a rating system that compares toxics, recyclability, product longevity, and energy use. Softchoice’s purchasing system collects all the EPEAT products in one place to make responsible purchasing easier.
Ecotech doesn’t stop with purchase of equipment. Softchoice has addressed every sustainability concern related to technology including: recommendations for travel-reducing technology options, safe and responsible hardware disposal , paper reducing technologies and power management. Go check them out and find some easy ways to green your technology use.

Jen Boynton

Jen is editor in chief of TriplePundit. She has an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and is currently studying to be a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in foster care She lives in San Diego with her husband and toddler overlord. 
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  1. Technological altenatives to save power are a new marketing tool that will reduce overheads and carbon useage over the next decade. They’re a great idea, borne from Green IT solutions. Most imact will be in data centers and call centers. There’s a company based in Sheffield, England ( that have developed a desktop PC requiring only 35 watts of power (@240volts) and yet running top end cpus. It’s the way forward. Now to just reduce the materials used in their production and we’ll be on the right track.

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