Research finds people want Apple and Samsung to go green

October 5, 2021 by  
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Smartphones have become an essential part of most people’s daily functions. Such a massive industry has the potential to have an extensive environmental impact, from production, to the waste cycle. Smartphone manufacturers are showing signs of accountability through efforts to incorporate recycled materials into product design and work towards carbon neutrality.  As consumers, we have the power to choose the company we feel is making the best effort towards these goals. Research company Piplsay found out how consumers feel about green initiatives touted by the smartphone giants. The results show consumers are willing to use the power of the dollar to uphold their expectations.  Related: Nimble makes phone accessories from recycled plastic, CDs and more Piplsay polled 30,760 Americans and 9,140 Britons in the research, asking about their response to sustainability plans such as Samsung’s mission to use plastic waste collected from the ocean in all future products, from phones to headphones to earbuds. Apple and Microsoft have released similar plans, including the goal of achieving carbon neutral production in the next ten years.  The results of the research show 80% of U.S. and U.K. respondents feel policies like Samsung’s decision to use ocean plastic in Galaxy phones will make a positive impact on the environment “to a great extent” or “to some extent.”    While smartphone makers have been working on making products more eco-friendly for some time, relatively few consumers are aware of it. When asked which initiatives they were aware of, 27% of Americans said they are aware of smartphone makers using recycled materials in their products, while 21% know about the reduced use of plastic in packaging.  Interestingly though, once aware of the efforts, consumers overwhelmingly said it could impact their buying decisions, with 68% of Americans saying they would proactively buy from smartphone brands that are taking eco-friendly measures and 71% of Britons stating the same. These responses align with the participants’ opinions that other brands should take responsibility by setting environmental goals, with a yes response from 72% of Americans and 80% from the U.K.   As for brand trust, 64% to 66% of all those surveyed placed Samsung and Apple at the top of the list for taking responsible environmental action. Complete results of the survey can be found here .  Via Piplsay Lead image via Pexels

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Clean solar light right in your pocket

October 4, 2021 by  
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Namene Solar are the makers behind Occa, a portable solar light and headlamp, striving to put a clean source of light in everyone’s hands. That’s why when you buy one of these lamps, the company will donate one of them to families who live off the grid and have to rely on kerosene lamps. This is a much cleaner, safer and more environmentally-friendly source of light. Occa’s solar light has an inbuilt solar panel, yet it is lightweight and small enough to fit in a pocket. There’s a USB-C backup and a detachable stand. The light is both splash-proof and shock-resistant with a warm light and cool light setting. It’s UV-resistant, fire-retardant and very easy to use and operate. Related: Sunne passively and stylishly collects sunlight for use after dark Solar lights don’t produce carbon emissions and they don’t need batteries to run. Their light is clean and renewable. After all, it’s the same source of energy that plants have been using for hundreds of millions of years. Occa provides up to 15 hours of light, creating no emissions the entire time it’s lit up. Give it six hours of direct sunlight to fully charge the light. The light will charge completely in three hours via USB-C. The solar power of the sun is harnessed through the panel that is built right into the design . The light has three brightness settings: 10 lumens, 30 lumens and 50 lumens and is three times brighter than kerosene . Additionally, the compact, lightweight design of the Occa allows this light to be hung, worn or carried. It’s portable and easy to take anywhere. The families that receive donated lights for every purchased light are living in South Africa and Kenya. + Namene Solar Images via Namene Solar

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3 Lessons I Learned Managing Earth911’s Recycling Database

June 22, 2017 by  
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The Earth911 recycling database consists of more than 130,000 listings, and I used to be in charge of it. These listings are made up of city and county locations, retailers with drop-off bins, and curbside and mail-in programs. It’s a huge,…

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Can Apple close the loop? Tech giant targets 100% recycled material

April 24, 2017 by  
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Apple is aiming to use 100 percent recycled materials to make its iPhones, Macbooks and other electronics products in the future in a bid to reduce its reliance on mined raw materials, the company revealed last week.

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The March for Science and what’s at stake for business

April 24, 2017 by  
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The lackluster political support for science could bite companies squarely in the supply chain, among other places.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The e-waste problem and how to help

March 24, 2017 by  
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Think of all the electronics in your life: your phone, tv, computer, game systems, USB drives, printers, Blu ray players, even smart devices like switches and home assistants. Now try to picture what happens to all of those things when they die. Over 50 million tons of e-waste are generated every year, and e-waste is nasty stuff. This infographic shows where e-waste ends up, which devices are the biggest culprits and how you can fight the e-waste problem. + Digital Docs

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Recycling for Profit: 5 Ways to Turn Your Trash into Cash

March 22, 2017 by  
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There are numerous benefits to recycling — reducing the use of natural resources, boosting the economy and saving energy, to name just a few — but sometimes it lacks an immediate personal benefit. If you want to profit from your good deed with more…

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ConnectAll.org Makes Technology More Accessible Than Ever

February 2, 2017 by  
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Ah, the digital age. We are in such an exhilarating whirlwind of technology and digital development. New systems and products are unveiled what seems like every day. Yet even those with the resources to purchase the latest products have a difficult…

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Apple’s New Headphones Aren’t So Eco-Friendly

January 6, 2017 by  
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As electronics take over every part of our lives, the need for easy-to-recycle gadgets becomes more important. If an electronic device is too difficult to recycle, odds are it won’t be. It’s the responsibility of manufacturers to make this a…

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This Holiday Season, Your Outdated Laptop Could Change Lives

December 14, 2016 by  
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Keeping up with the latest in electronics is exhausting — not to mention expensive — and a lot of communities are left without resources to obtain what some might consider essential technology, such as computers. Meanwhile, consumers are rushing to…

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