Rational Spending

How to spend on technology

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Practically any production has toxic emissions to water, soil, and air. The production of the technique is no exception.

1. Choose products made and sold by conscious businesses

You will gain directly and indirectly, immediately and over a period of time, if you will buy products from companies, that manage their business in such a way to:

  • protecting buyer pocket and health, by designing products that are useful, qualitative, durable, and eco-friendly;
  • protecting the environment by saving natural resources and reducing waste and toxic emissions in their manufacturing, logistic, and storage processes;
  • protecting their employees, by providing them decent wages and working conditions;
  • practicing legal finance activity and honest marketing.

Further are recommendations to identify such products:

  • ANALYZE THE ADVERTISING:
    Choose products that were advertised without hiding some harmful features of the product or urges to practicing excessive consumption. Excess is harmful to the environment, because it increases the volume of production, and as a result increases the volume of natural resources used and waste generated.
  • READ THE LABEL:
    • The product description.
      This will help you evaluate the product parameters, which is the level of consumption, how eco-friendly the materials from which the product is made, and so on.
    • The product certifications
      This is proof that companies are doing what is declared on the label. 
      Because many certifications on the labels are a marketing move (fakes), it’s important to know which certifications are appropriate. Here are some examples with recognized certifications:
      • ISO 14001 – all the processes in the company are managed in a way that allows environment protection;
      • Blue Angel –  label specifies that the product focuses on one of four different protection goals: health, climate, water, and resources.
      • Click here for more certifications.
  • SEARCH FOR PRODUCT REVIEWS:
    Find reviews about product quality. If you buy something of quality, this product will most likely be able to be sold and used by another person instead of becoming waste in a year. Thus, a TV that will work for 10 years, will replace the production of 3 TVs that fail in a short period of time.
  • FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
    Here you must find out the following information about the Manufacturer and Retailer:
    • company history – find information about the activities in which the company was involved, for example, social or illegal activities;
    • strategy. Find on the company website their mission and objectives. Developing and promoting innovative technologies to solve local and global problems is a good sign.

Most likely you will not find the ideal products or businesses, but it is always possible to choose the best ones.

2. Buy used or refurbished

By doing this you will have the next benefits:

  • purchasing quality and sometimes almost new technique at low prices;
  • supporting environment, because buying second hand, you will decrease the demand and therefore the production of technique, which will also contribute to the decrease in the volume of natural resources used and of industrial and consumer waste generated.

3. Rent the technique rarely used

By doing this you will have the next benefits:

  • save money, because you will not buy the technique that will stay in the corner of the house being used very rarely, for example, instead of buying powerful loudspeakers to use at a party, rent them.
  • save natural resources,  because by renting, you will decrease the production of technique, which will also contribute to the decrease in the volume of natural resources used in production and of industrial and consumer waste generated.

4. Choose local producers

By doing this you will have the next benefits:

  • cheaper prices, because there will be no expenses on transportation, storage, and other financial expenses incurred by the company.;
  • faster delivery and less carbon footprint because of shorter transport distance;
  • a more dynamic local economic development because part of the money earned by the company will be invested locally.;

5. Avoid making collections

If you have a phone that, after the performance, satisfies all your needs related to technical parameters, then it does not make sense to buy a new one just to be in trend and prove something to someone.

Through marketing tools, artificial demand is created for products that you don’t really need. If you can’t react suitable to the ad, then you will do extra consumption, which is harmful to the environment because it increases the volume of production, and as a result, increases the volume of natural resources used and industrial and consumer waste generated.

6. Take care of your gadgets

By extension of the life of the product, you will contribute to the reduction of the circuit: bought -> thrown -> bought, which will lead to the decrease of the production rhythm, therefore of the use of resources and of the generation of waste and emissions. Here are some recommendations to achieve this:

  • timely technical maintenance (cleaning, processing).
  • compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations during use and other good practices for:
    • transportation – for example, for a phone, you will have to buy a quality case, for a laptop a bag with a high level of protection.
    • storage – for example to respect the temperature regime in the storage room.
    • use – for example, observe the operating regime of the equipment and take regular breaks.
  • repair – If you have a gadget that can still be used but something repairable broke, then repair this garment instead of buying a new one. Find for it, a good specialist.

7. Dispose of properly

  • Donate gadgets and techniques you don’t use to people who need them and can’t afford to buy them. For this you can call these people yourself, call on institutions that deal with charities, or use specialized sites on the internet;
  • Sell gadgets and techniques that you do not use at second-hand markets or on specialized websites;
  • Recycle. In order for the products, you throw away to become the raw material for the production of other goods:
    • makes selective garbage collection;
    • find specialized points for collecting different types of products (applicable when the local garbage collection company does not collect selectively);

By increasing the volume of raw materials obtained from recycled waste you will save natural resources, and by reducing the production rhythm, you will reduce the amount of industrial and consumer waste.

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About Matthew Light

Hello and thank you for joining me on the blog. Probably my name doesn't tell you anything, and you wonder why you read me :) For this question I have the following answer: The articles created by me are some conclusions made after: - analysis of people's behavior during shopping and after; - analysis of direct and hidden advertising (such as advertising from the movies, shows, songs, and so on); - activating in different positions: low and high salary jobs, jobs where I did monkey job, and positions where I organized the work activities of several dozen people. - analysis of thematic information from different sources (TV, books, blogs, documentaries, and others). The information has been structured in such a way that it is easy for you to find answers to the questions related to "How to contribute to the improvement of the ecological situation and to the well-being of people through the tools we have as consumers".

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