Purchasing sustainable information technology
Recently, I started to reduce my inventory of obsolete and unused electronic equipment. I gave away a printer, retired an old monitor, and sold a couple of dozen other computer parts and accessories on eBay. Although eBay is one way to dispose of old and unused equipment, it is more of a hobby than a practical business solution. Finding a buyer only delays the eventual disposal of these devices, and their potential environmental impacts.
Armed with the extra spending money I earned through my Internet sales, I likely will replace some of the computer parts and accessories. However, with restrictions on the types of hazardous substances that can be present in new electronic equipment, and the ultimate end-of-life disposal of these devices, should I change the way I purchase business or consumer electronics? More specifically, should I look for companies that produce environmentally sound products?