The current geeky generation is fond of new gadgets and most of them adopt the use and throw policy. But this is resulting in generation of a large amount of e-waste. More and more energy is utilised from the earth for manufacturing new electronic goods. We have to stop this somewhere in order to take control of the situation before it goes out of hand.
Try using old devices as long as you can
One of the reasons for buying new electronic goods like laptops and PC’s is that the old ones do not have certain features and applications. Therefore first one must try and find out if the old laptop or gadget can be upgraded.Evaluate the situation and first consider the different options available besides buying a brand new product.
Most electronic goods can be upgraded and software can be added easily. In such cases, you do not need to dump your old gadget and buy new electronic goods. Try to upgrade and use the old devices for as long as you can. If for any reason the device stops working then try to get it repaired. At times just by replacing a part or simple servicing of your gadget is all that is required.
Donate to the needy or the sell the goods
A number of online stores sell used electronic goods. This way a person who needs a gadget, but has less budget can get one of their choices and even you can get some money. You can also donate it to a needy person like a poor student who needsmake sure to delete all your existing data from it.
If upgrading or repairing or selling or donation is not working out, then you need to consider the option of recycling. There are some electronic manufacturers who are willing to accept electronic goods for recycling. There are several products like computers in which a large number of parts can be easily recycled. When you opt for recycling of electronic goods, you are helping in reducing the pollution which is involved in the manufacture of new electronic stuff. This method also helps in reducing the use of energy and natural resources which goes into making new electronic goods. Find out about local electronic stores who will accept used electronic goods.
Opt for greener products
If you have to buy new electronic goods, then always look out for greener and environment friendly products. These days many manufacturers are manufacturing green electronic goods. These green products have less toxic substances and hence have a lesser negative impact on the environment. These goods are energy efficient and make use of recycled materials in the manufacturing. They have less packaging. These products can be upgraded easily and hence it is possible to use then for a longer time.
Education and awareness
Remember that you have some duty towards the society and in protecting the environment from the hazards of e-waste. Therefore, it is your duty to not just reduce the amount of e-waste generation, but also make more and more people aware about the need of preventing the generation of e-waste. Educate your family, friends and neighbours. Don’t just stop at that. Try to spread the word in the society and community on the whole through public awareness programmes.
Instead of just adding to the heaps of electronic waste, just try and find out different ways by which you can reduce the amount of e-waste. Keep in mind that you have different options like repairing,upgrading,donation,recycling etc which can help in reducing the e-waste a big way.