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How technology contributes and supports the care of the environment

How technology contributes and supports the care of the environment

Recycling is an important part of caring for the environment (Photo: EFE/David Bustabad)
Recycling is an important part of caring for the environment (Photo: EFE/David Bustabad)

Just as the technology brings a great opportunity to carry out daily activities such as work, study or entertainment, it is a industry that is wasting resources and leaving an ecological footprint.

Being so important in the lives of millions of people, it only remains for the companies in this sector and the citizens to contribute to making the impact less.

According to the consultant McKenseyuntil 2020 the information technology market produced close to 3% or 4% of all CO2 emissions worldwide. It should be noted that the figure does not consider the plastics that are incorporated into their packaging or the waste that is discarded after the useful life of electronic devices.

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Stopping the use of technological devices, preventing them from continuing to evolve and be produced is impossible, since they are necessary in all areas of human life, including health, which is why companies, while advancing with their technological advances, are contributing so that the carbon footprint does not increase.

On the other hand, it is necessary to underline that devices with recycled or ecological elements do not lose quality by not being made from “used” materials, Conversely. In addition to being manufactured to the same standards, they are part important for the circular economy and the environment.

View of a coal-fired power plant, in a file image (Photo: EFE/Georgi Livocski)
View of a coal-fired power plant, in a file image (Photo: EFE/Georgi Livocski)

“Unfortunately, there is still no culture of recycling installed in our society,” said Tatiana Céspedes, director of campaigns for Greenpace Colombia.

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In that sense, he recalled that the rejection of polluting products that are unnecessarily over-packaged should be strengthened, as well as “reduce the unjustified consumption of products; repair things that can have a second use and normalize the reuse of these”.

Before buying a new device, you can first take it to repair, give away or sell at a lower price, as the case may be, so that it has a second life and does not end up contaminating the garbage. In addition, they can buy green devices or accessories.

The packaging can also be reused. Some tech companies have included QR codes on their boxes and wrappers with instructions on how to turn them into pots, drawers, end tables, or anything else. It is estimated that per year 200 thousand tons of cardboard are discarded.

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The environment needs to be protected (Photo: EFE/Alejandro Bolívar)
The environment needs to be protected (Photo: EFE/Alejandro Bolívar)

It is to be noted that the devices and appliances that offer interconnectivity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) make it easier acquire sustainable habits for the planet.

For example, many of them save energy and waterreduce food waste and can be recycled, among other benefits, so if you buy a new electronic device, you should look for one that has ecological options.

In addition to this, there are companies that launch environmental responsibility programs. One of them is Furukawa Electric that for 10 years launched Green IT in Latin America for the renewal of structured cabling through the correct disposal of copper cables that has already completed its life cycle.

In Latin America, more than 1,500,000 kilos of copper cable have been recycled. Any public or private organization can participate in the program without any cost or requirements; they also do not need business links with the company. The purpose is avoid the incorrect disposal of cables or the burning of plastics to obtain copper.

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In accordance with Plastics Technology Mexico, increase recycling rates it requires the effort of the entire supply chain, from those who produce and specify plastic packaging to collectors, sorters and processors. The citizens also have an important role for this, they assured.

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