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 Boynton has been the editor in chief of TriplePundit for 8 years. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and a degree in Sociology from Pitzer College. She spent a few years in the non-profit policy sector as well, but we won't talk about that. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with her toddler overlord and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

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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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