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Green Business: Electronics Use and Disposal

Resources to help businesses get started on the sustainability path.

Buying Greener Electronics

Earth friendly electronics doesn't have to be an oxymoron. Use these tips to select greener electronics.

  • Buy with energy in mind. Look for the Energy Star label.
  • Buy used. According to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, 50% of computers being recycled are in good working order. They are discarded to make way for the latest technology.
    • Look on Freecyle, Ebay, Craigslist, or at your local computer dealer for used machines.
    • Some manufacturers offer refurbushed machines.
  • Look for EPEAT
  • Buy less toxic

The resources below will help you make better computer purchasing decisions.