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Small Earth-Friendly Actions Can Create Big Change

posted on February 17th 2012 in blog & green & Uncategorized with 0 Comments

I’ve always been what you would call an environmentally conscious person. It’s just the way I was brought up. My dad has been known to go around our home not only turning things off, but actually unplugging them. See, even when something is plugged in it is actually draining minute amounts of energy. Being an environmentally sound person encompasses a lot of things, even as minute as not littering, to something more complex like efficient resource management.

Being green is not a type of person; it’s not something one does for fun in their spare time. Thinking sustainably is something that every person and every business needs to be doing. It is an essential. We eat to survive. Being environmentally responsible is a necessity for our survival. If we do not act in sustainable ways then how are we supposed to go forth? It’s a serious topic that gets a lot of attention and yet it is not enough attention. One particular aspect that many people overlook and I myself overlooked for quite some time is electronic waste.

Technology is advancing faster and faster every day. This means that items such as our phones, printers, computers, TVs, microwaves, etc. are becoming obsolete faster and faster. Well the problem is one can’t just throw these items out in the trash. The bigger problem is most people do. The even bigger problem is that most people don’t know that they shouldn’t or don’t know why they shouldn’t.

Electronic waste, otherwise known as e-waste, contains things harmful to not only our environment but the human body. These hazards include mercury, lead, arsenic, and a whole lot more things that cause cancer in humans. A poignant article on Green-blog.org puts it this way, “In the process of taking apart the electronics, these overseas workers are exposed to dangerous toxins, putting themselves, their families and their environment at risk. These toxins include heavy metals such as lead, beryllium and mercury, as well as chlorinated solvents, flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These are all deadly chemicals. Why should people in developing countries have to pay for the greed of our wasteful consumer society?”

Let’s stop letting these chemicals leech into our environment and into our bodies. Let’s recycle our e-waste! We can reuse the precious metals and keep our home nice and clean. Everyone from individual citizens to companies of any size should be properly recycling all of their e-waste. Check your local listings to find out a place near you.

Anyone in or around the New York area should check out 4th Bin. They have been issued an e-Stewards certification. “Certified e-Stewards recyclers adhere to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment®; written by the environmental community with leaders in the industry to protect human health and the global environment.” This is important because a good amount of places that claim to recycle ship the e-waste overseas where the metals are reused but the chemicals still leech into our environment.

e-Stewards make sure that e-cycling is carried out to the highest standards. 4th Bin is one of the great mindful companies bringing us into the future. Tuesday March 27th 4th Bin will be attending the CBSAC/NY hosted event, “Cash for Trash.” The CBSAC/NY (Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York) “Provide convenient networking opportunities that encourage members to get acquainted, forge business contacts, make new friends, keep up with old friends, have fun, facilitate access, and pursue shared interests in a stimulating, receptive, supportive, and collegial environment.”

Cash for Trash will be held at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP 300 Madison Avenue, PwC Auditorium SW Corner of 42nd Street from 5:30 – 9:00. CBSAC/NY members will receive a discounted entrance fee. Registration in advance is suggested and cheaper. There will be networking and exploring opportunities to turn trash into money through proper recycling. Artists and furniture designers have even figured out how to make money from electronic waste! So remember, recycle your electronic waste, don’t spread cancer.

 

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