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Why buy refurbished electronics?

Western society is a throwaway society. It’s a sad but true fact of life and nowhere is this more apparent than with electronics. In Europe 100 million phones are thrown away each year, with an overwhelming amount of them ending up incinerated or in a landfill. Thirty million computers meet a similar grim fate in the USA, putting toxic electronic waste into the soil and carbon emissions into our atmosphere. The constant clamour for new tech hits us hard in our pockets but hits our planet even harder.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Tech companies have no interest in putting this right but you can have a huge impact by breaking free from the shiny new chains of quick consumption and the corporate chants of “Brand new! Brand new!”. Here we take a look at some of the main reasons why buying refurbished should be the default and not the alternative.

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8 Ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint quite easily

Climate change feels like an overbearing and insurmountable threat, and one that governments around the world are dragging their feet over. But there are things you can do personally to fight it.

Your carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 emissions you are responsible for, formed through the choices you make. It can be reduced massively through minor changes to your lifestyle. We look at eight ways you can bring that carbon footprint down from a stomp to a tiptoe.

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6 voodoo incantations to make your laptop last longer

You now know how to keep your smartphone alive for 5 years. That’s all well and good. However, the crusade against programmed obsolescence and electronic waste does not stop there. The average lifespan of a laptop is 5 years. So let’s allow ourselves to be crazy and try to preserve your machine for an additional 2 years. This will save you between £400 and £1300 over fifteen years. That’s not insignificant, and it’s not that difficult, so take heart! 

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How to reduce the impact of watching online videos?

We are so used to the idea that the internet is intangible and all in the cloud that it’s hard to appreciate the impact digital technology actually has on the climate. However, using the web and manufacturing devices that connect to it consumes lots of energy and generates CO2. Watching online videos — which accounts for 60% of the world’s data traffic — has a carbon footprint similar to that of the emissions produced by Spain. These amounted to 306 million tonnes in 2018: almost 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Something must be done and it starts with our relationship with our screens.

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