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E-Waste Goes A Long Way Back

An incident 30 years ago illustrates that e-waste is not a new problem. Atarihad millions of unsold cartridges of Pac-Man, E.T., and other games to dispose of. Here's what the company supposedly did back then and how various efforts are are elevating the dump site to mythic status. We keep updating this post - this is a story that will not die!

Update - And die it did not!. Here is a video of announcing the April 2014 uncovering of Atari's long-buried e-waste.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

Looking for the greenest television set? We've had to sort through a complex set of resources in the past to help you buy that green TV. EPEAT added televisions to its equipment registry in early 2013. We had anticipated this would bring some clarity to this category, but manufacturers do not appear to be embracing it. There are only 240+ television monitors registered at any level, double the number in early 2014. This compares with 660+ computer monitors.

Finding the Greenest Printers

Four manufactures offer almost 70 EPEAT Gold models in the United States. This is a huge improvement over a year ago.

Conflict Minerals and the Hidden Cost of e-Devices

Our e-devices contain all sorts of exotic materials, many of which, like tungsten, tantalum, and tin, are refined from ores that originate in Central Africa. Called "conflict minerals", they fund warfare in the Congo and neighboring countries. More people are said have been killed here than any conflict since World War Two. A recent court decision has potentially weakened an American law requiring companies to disclose conflict minerals content.

The Dematerialization of Movie Film

Dematerialization refers to the reduction in the quantity of materials required to accomplish a function in society. In sustainability terms, dematerialization refers to the replacement of a high-resource/waste activity with a lower-impact one. ICT has become a powerful dematerialization force, evidenced, for example, by how it has replaced physical mail with electronic mail. The US theatrical release of a major motion picture only in digital marks another phase in media dematerialization.

Greening Existing ICT Facilities

New ICT facilities implementing the latest in Green ICT technologies and practices garner much publicity, yet a lot is being done with existing ones. The latest post looks at what a major financial services company accomplished through interdepartmental cooperation.

Change Typeface to Reduce Ink Use

We've covered technology to reduce paper use when printing. What about reducing ink use? A high school student's study found that his school could save $21,000/year by switching typefaces...and the United States government could save $234 million!

E-Device Metals Sourcing Bigger Problem Than Just Conflict Minerals

We've been following the issue of conflict minerals in our e-devices for more than five years. Our readers will know that cassiterite, the mineral ore form of tin, is a conflict mineral when mined in Central Africa. It turns out that much more tin - over a third of the world's consumption - is mined in Indonesia. Tin extraction there is not driven by conflict, but is still a brutal business for the miners and takes a toll on the environment.

The Challenge of Reducing Carbon Footprint While Growing Cloud Services Business

We've noted a number of studies that suggest moving to the cloud is the greener solution for most organizations' ICT needs. That's great for client companies, but what about the cloud provider? Companies striving to reduce their C02e footprints while providing cloud services face a challenge: they end up internalizing the very emissions their customers are externalizing. Business software and services provider SAP is facing that challenge. Here is what the company plans to about it.

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