There’s a lot to like about the convenience, portability and power we get out of today’s laptop and notebook computers. With millions used worldwide, it is important to consider sustainability factors, such as their build, design and life cycle.
With this in mind there are some computers that are greener and more environmentally friendly than others. The good news is that you can now make your purchasing decision based on selecting a notebook that meets established environmental standards.
Epeat® is an organization that evaluates electronic products for their sustainability and awards products a bronze, silver or gold status. Epeat® evaluates eco-friendly laptops in the following eight categories:
- 1. Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials
- 2. Materials selection
- 3. Design for end of life
- 4. Product longevity/life cycle extension
- 5. Energy conservation
- 6. End of life management
- 7. Corporate performance
- 8. Packaging
Visit the Epeat website at www.epeat.net/PublicSearch.aspx to find notebooks that qualify.
Jeff Carey is the founder and owner of the Iowa Green Team, an Eastern Iowa-base company deidcated to growing Iowa’s green communities.