EcoMade 101

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Technology improvements, as well as its increased usage, have enabled significant advantages to the standard of living of much of the developed world, and likely is a key to long term sustainability. However, technology can also have significant negative environmental impacts. Like all products, these impacts come from various stages of the product’s life: extraction of raw materials from the earth and their refinement, manufacturing processes to turn these raw materials into a finished product, use (and often re-use) of the product, and ultimately end-of-life collection, treatment, and disposal and/or recycling. On top of that, computers and most electronics have supply chains and customer bases that span the globe, so transportation throughout the product’s lifecycle is also significant.

It Starts and Ends with Product Design

Design will determine upwards of 90% of the environmental attributes of a product. Product design decides the materials used, the production processes, the supply chain as well as the product’s energy consumption during its life, and the efficiency of end-of-life recovery. Simply put, by purchasing environmentally preferable products purchasers send strong signals to manufacturers to design and manufacture greener products.

About Melissa Alvares

Melissa was the head of Softchoice’s campaign marketing team, responsible for providing organizations with information on the latest technology trends, insights and solutions from the desktop to the data center.