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Techexchange | Earth Day

Techexchange is contributing in our own way to helping protect our Earth and so should you, find out how here:

As you know, we are involved in recycling devices and disposing of them correctly. We have now taken a pledge to move away from plastic bags utilized for our walk in customers and rather use brown paper disposable bags. We have decided not to brand our packaging in order to encourage our customers to re-use the great quality brown paper bags. We feel that every small decision we make to assist in decreasing the amount of harmful waste is worth while.

As for you, by purchasing our devices you are buying into our eco-friendly ethos and making a difference as a consumer.

Here are a few other Tech Tips for maintaining our beautiful Earth:

1.) Recycle Your Old Tech Devices TechTrader can assist in buying your unwanted devices and selling you certified demo, pre-owned and refurbished devices. Did you know – or every million cell phones recycled, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.

2.) Monitor Your Sleep Mode Preferences Computer use during off hours is a huge energy waster that driving up facilities costs for businesses. One way to control this problem is to stay on top of your power management and energy-saver preferences, ensuring that your devices go to sleep in a timely manner when not in use.

3.) Unplug to Avoid Wasting Energy Devices that are in standby mode but still plugged in add up to an extra $10 billion in energy costs per year. The solution is to always switch off power strips, or unplug at the end of the day. This goes for not only PCs and laptops, but for smartphones and tablets as well.

4.) Go Fluorescent Fluorescent light bulbs may not be as sexy as power-saving algorithms on your smartphone, but they arguably make a much bigger difference to the planet. Fluorescent bulbs enable a number energy-saving factors that reduce power consumption. Compared with incandescent bulbs, a standard fluorescent bulb lasts 10 to 20 times longer (35,000 hours vs. 2,000 hours) and use 75% less energy. They also produce 75% less heat, which helps cut air conditioning costs. Replacing your home or business incandescent light bulbs with eco-friendly fluorescent ones is a huge step towards an overall greener tech footprint without even touching your computers and mobile devices.

5.) Put Up Barriers to Office Printing It might seem hard to believe what with all our electronic gadgets, but the average office worker still uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. Mixed in with that huge stack of paper is a considerable chunk of un-retrieved print jobs, where someone prints something off and ends up never picking it up. By adding authentication, like the scanning of employee ID, to initiate printing, businesses can cut down on the amount of paper wasted in the office.

TechTrader encourages you to utilise the 7 R’s this Earth Day

Reuse instead of buying new every time.

Repurpose The more creative cousin of reuse, repurposing turns old junk into new, functional objects.

Rot compost – everything organic.

Repair instead of replacing.

Return Only buy from companies with take-back programs.

Refill instead of buying disposable bottles and paper cups.

Refuse to buy overpackaged, disposable, single-use junk.

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