D&H Distributing has sold millions of energy-efficient products in the last five years
Apple is beginning to take the environmental concerns of many politicians, organizations and activists more seriously, as evidenced by the hiring of former EPA chief Lisa Jackson. Apple has been very conscious of its environmental footprint for several years now, ensuring customers during product introductions that Macs and iOS device are BPA, arsenic, and mercury free.
Apple makes sure to let the public know that it understands the consequences of what can happen if these materials are misused. This is becoming increasingly important, especially because the company is bringing some of its manufacturing
Whether you're comparing restaurant menus while sitting in the park or turning on the air-conditioner before getting home, life is becoming increasingly mobile thanks to smartphones and tablets. And with new apps appearing constantly, the possibilities for this kind of connected living could be endless - if only the batteries lasted long enough.
Now, a range of solar technology companies are offering small, portable chargers and accessory cases that provide power on the go. Some are on the market already, while others are still in development.
Staples has agreed to work with one of the most environmentally progressive electronic-waste recycling groups to handle gadgets from both the company and consumers when those devices die.
The retail giant announced a deal Monday, Earth Day, to use recyclers certified by e-Stewards, a program set up by the Seattle-based environmental group, the Basel Action Network, to handle materials collected from its free technology recycling program at more than 1,500 stores nationally. The company will also use e-Stewards-certified recyclers to handle electronic waste from its own internal operations.
Best Buy reached a new high for recycling last year, as the retailer collected 173 million pounds of unwanted appliances and electronics. In-store electronics recycling collections have been growing at a 20 percent annual clip for several years, said Leo Raudys, the retailer's senior director for environmental stability.
"About half of the weight we collect is TVs, and most of that is still the old tube TVs," Raudys said. "So there's quite a bit more out there than you would imagine. About 30 percent of the rest of the weight is computer monitors.
California's energy efficiency regulators are are setting their sights on a new batch of products. After decades of requiring that appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions use ever less power, officials are now looking at more devices: video game consoles, set-top cable boxes, computers, various types of lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors.
"The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money," said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission. "Since 1978, energy efficiency standards have saved California ratepayers $74 billion in electricity costs."
You know those mobile devices that everyone keeps raving about? Turns out it's a huge business. Shocker, I know. Strategy Analytics recently estimated that about 1.6 billion mobile phones shipped in 2012. What's more, according to Canalys' report today, the tablet market grew by 75 percent in the fourth quarter to 46.2 million units, with total shipments hitting 114.6 million in 2012.
With all these new devices hitting the market, people tend to overlook the fact that this creates an enormous amount of waste. ecoATM debuted in 2011 with a green solution:
Not many of us watch television 24 hours a day - but we might as well.
Even when people's TVs are turned off, the set-top boxes from our cable company, telephone company or satellite provider keep on running, gobbling energy and jacking up our electric bills. The worst offenders are digital video recorders (DVRs), which are essentially always on.
Today the industry announced a voluntary program to try to rein in those power-hungry devices.
"It's really an unprecedented agreement," said Doug Johnson, Vice President of Technology for the Consumer Electronics Association.