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Green Libraries: Electronics Use and Disposal

Resources to help libraries go green.

Tips for Greener Purchases

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.

Watch The Story of Electronics