Daily activities end up producing tons of carbon emissions. Printing papers, paying bills and commercial transactions all contribute to a massive amount of waste. The Internet and digital technology have made it possible to reduce your carbon footprint. If you know how to use these mediums to your advantage, you can minimize your carbon footprint each and every day. Here are a few ways to use technology for the betterment of the Earth:
You can get digital versions of everything, from newspapers to magazines. Music and movies are also available digitally. There is virtually no need to purchase DVDs or CDs ever again. Not doing so saves millions of pounds of plastic and toxic chemicals from being put into the environment. Digital versions are crisper, higher quality and portable on most devices.
Online education is possibly one of the best ways that technology has helped the world. Instead of spending gas to commute to schools or training centers, people can get the education they need online. Online OSHA training can save gas, time and money. Getting a degree online instead of commuting is the same. With digital textbooks, there is minimal waste in the digital-education process.
Long gone are the days of thick map books, printing out directions and wasting paper. GPS-navigation systems make everything digital. No paper and no waste is produced. You get to where you are going without wasting gas as well.
With a huge boom in online work, telecommuting is becoming more popular among professionals. This reduces the amount of gasoline used and saves workers money. Digital technology has made it possible to do a variety of jobs online without needing a polluting vehicle.
The Issue Of E-Waste
Along with the benefits of going digital, there are some issues related to electronic waste. All electronics end up somewhere once they are no longer useful or out of date. It is important to make sure you recycle your electronic goods in a safe manner. Send them to a company that is ethical with how they recycle goods. When it is not disposed of properly, e-waste is extremely hazardous and harms the environment.
While the Internet is a great way to reduce carbon emissions and your overall carbon footprint, it is important to dispose of your waste safely with a reputable company. The Internet has changed the way the world operates. As long as everything is managed correctly, living digitally can continue to be a better way to steward the Earth.
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