Is living a green lifestyle more than enough to help the planet? Unfortunately, it’s not. While yes, everyone needs to collectively come together in order to save the planet, it needs to be more than just the lifestyle you’re living. So, with that said, something else you need to think about would be how much waste your business is creating.

Now, if you’re working for an employer, you’re not going to be able to have a lot of control. But if you’re a business owner, you have so much control over the waste you and your team create, and that even includes e-waste.

What’s E-Waste?

Just think about it for a moment, when you toss out old tech, where does it go? Well, old computers, smartphones, and other electronics often end up in landfills, contributing to environmental pollution. A lot of businesses just don’t think about proper e waste disposal, they just think about out with the old and in with the new without truly thinking about their actions and how this can impact the environment.

As a business, you need to think about what you and your whole company does to the enrivoment, about how every action can contribute to the environment. But where can you start? How can you start taking steps to reduce e-waste? How can you better dispose of this and even recycle your e-waste (any waste really)? Well, here are some ways you can do this, all the while making a positive impact on the environment and often saving money in the process.

Evaluate and Upgrade Mindfully

So, this one is pretty easy to do. Before purchasing new electronics, evaluate whether an upgrade is necessary. Often, a simple software update or repair can extend the life of your current devices. A lot of people don’t realise this, but you just don’t always need something new. Sure, computer and phone companies create that illusion, but seriously, software updates or a tweak is usually all you need.

But sometimes, there is just a lifespan that can’t be controlled, so in those cases, it’s understandable that you’ll need to buy something. So, when it’s time to buy new equipment, consider choosing refurbished or second-hand items. These options are not only cost-effective but also help reduce the demand for new electronics, thus minimising e-waste.

Are You Able to Donate or Sell Your Old Equipment?

Are you deadset on getting an upgrade? Well, if you are and if they’re still in working condition but no longer needed, consider donating them to schools, non-profits, or community centres? You could even hand them down to aspiring business owners.

Actually, there are a lot of organisations out there that are in need of functioning equipment and will put your old devices to good use. Alternatively, you can sell them through online marketplaces or trade-in programmes offered by manufacturers and retailers. Again, try to do this if the equipment is still in working condition; it’s really beneficial.

Recycle

Yep, it’s as simple as that! Nowadays, it’s so easy to recycle old e-waste, and there’s not a lot of effort that needs to go into this either. Sometimes, grocery stores and retail chains will have a drop-off for e-waste at the front or back of their stores, but of course, you should look into this. Sometimes, these are old for specific things like batteries or lightbulbs; other times, they are just for full-on e-waste of any scale.


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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