Tech professionals can make an impactful difference in their organizations’ sustainability efforts by encouraging repair and reuse of equipment. Furthermore, they may volunteer their technical skills with environmental organizations seeking change.
Respondents see emerging technologies providing multiple benefits for long-term sustainability strategies, including reduced energy consumption and switching to virtual services and workforce tools.
1. The Worldbeing wristband
As more consumers become conscious of their impact on the planet, they’re seeking products with reduced energy use and lighter designs – especially tech gadgets which utilize renewable sources like solar or wind power and reduce material use by using less materials for construction.
One such gadget is the Worldbeing wristband, designed by London-based design studio Layer and Carbon Trust to help individuals track their own carbon footprint. As more people make changes that improve sustainability in their own lives, more companies may follow suit – which could make sustainability no longer considered niche but integral part of tech innovation.
2. The backpack planter
Green tech has quickly become more mainstream, leading to startups focused on designing eco-friendly gadgets. From solar chargers like HeLi-on windup mat and rainproof solar panel charger to wooden docking stations like FistCase shelf and ALLDOCK wood console, these gadgets help people power up their devices with minimal environmental impact.
Use of less electricity helps us reduce fossil fuel dependence, and many green gadgets feature timers or motion sensors to further conserve energy. Reducing plastic use is another trend seen within green technology products; companies offer refillable coffee cups and metal straws as ways of cutting waste.
Many of the products mentioned above also support environmental initiatives – from planting trees to cleaning our seas – demonstrating that sustainability is not simply about minimizing environmental impact but making positive contributions both to society and nature.
3. The eco-friendly printer
As society shifts toward sustainability, technology companies must lead by example and many are already taking steps in that direction. Thankfully, tech brands are taking proactive steps toward this end.
Pela makes phone cases out of sustainable bioplastic that is 100% compostable and non-toxic, Jelt belts use recycled plastic bottles, while Microsoft’s eco-friendly laptop relies on ocean plastics in its production process.
Additionally, many companies are employing solar-powered chargers and docking stations as an efficient means to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. These gadgets are perfect for those committed to living a sustainable lifestyle who wish to take their environmental commitment one step further.
4. The eco-friendly vacuum cleaner
Though many tech companies have taken sustainability very seriously, it’s essential to remember that simply cutting energy consumption and electronic waste won’t cut it – companies need to commit to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) as well.
ESG considerations must also be integrated into product development, broadening research perspectives to examine new technologies beyond their potential to reduce environmental impacts during use, but for their entire life cycle.
As technology professionals, we have an incredible opportunity to contribute towards sustainable change. Even small efforts can make an impactful statement about what matters – helping a local climate group with their IT requirements or offering technical expertise towards an open source project could make an impressive statement about what matters.
5. The eco-friendly speaker
Sustainable technology makes use of natural resources in an eco-friendly manner, by swapping out non-biodegradable materials for biodegradable ones and harnessing renewable energy sources to reduce its carbon footprint. Furthermore, using eco-friendly shipping and packaging materials prevents further degradation or contamination during transport and delivery.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming an integral component of business strategies as companies pursue sustainability targets. This may require placing pressure on suppliers to make sure their technologies support such goals.
House of Marley stands out for its commitment to environmental responsibility, offering products made from recycled or plant-based materials and supporting initiatives like reforestation and ocean preservation. Furthermore, their search engine Ecosia donates 80% of profits towards tree-planting projects worldwide.