Saving the Environment with the Three Rs of Electronics

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Establishing an environmentally conscious organization is about more than carpooling to work, using less paper, or changing the power settings on the office computers. Going green can actually go as deep as re-evaluating your company’s purchasing habits which can translate to savings.

There are many ways to make sure that your office stays current on the best ways to help the environment while saving money at the same time. Here are three specific approaches that can be used right now to help in accessing new opportunities and reducing expenses while also reducing your companies emissions:


Reduce, reduce, reduce – this term is pretty much a no-brainer when talking in terms of the environment, but when looked at in a different light, the term itself might take on a new value. Instead of only thinking about the amount of electricity used and the emissions involved, think of reducing the number of physical resources needed. If you can do this, you’ll not only lower emissions but your company’s overhead as well.

Take advantage of the technology that is being developed to its fullest; in other words, use your devices until they become obsolete and look into new options regularly. The first part of that statement is self-explanatory; the second just might be a step beyond what is already being done.

For example, options like virtualization and the cloud will definitely help in reducing the physical resources needed to get the job done. Virtualization is an excellent resource in that it utilizes the physical servers you already have to their full potential. Instead of purchasing multiple servers to run multiple applications, virtualization will streamline the power you currently have and allow for multiple applications to be run on the same server. This not only saves the money that would initially be spent on purchasing new servers but also saves emissions that come with physically manufacturing, shipping, and running them.

The cloud does something similar in terms of savings. With the cloud, your organization also doesn’t need to purchase or manage additional infrastructure like servers, operating systems and special programs, because a cloud provider can take care of it for you. Since operating costs for many organizations are consolidated in one location, cloud data centers are often more efficient than in-house data storage. With the cloud, you also pay only for the storage that you need, which will likely save you money in the long run.


Purchasing refurbished laptops or servers is one of the smartest ways to save money and help the environment. In essence, refurbished laptops are recycled laptops. That may sound unfavorable or cheap, but think of it this way; does recycled paper perform in any way less in comparison to non-recycled paper? Absolutely not! This is exactly the way that refurbished desktops, servers, and laptops should be viewed.

These computers go through rigorous testing processes to meet specifications just as the product new from the box; they sport the exact same technology and actually come 50 to 70% cheaper. In fact, refurbished computers often have fewer problems than their brand new counterparts, since they have been personally reviewed and inspected by a trained technician.

Aside from obvious company savings, purchasing refurbished desktops and servers is also an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint. It takes energy to build new tech appliances, this energy adds up over time. If more companies across the board would consider purchasing used or previously opened materials (that, in essence, are as good as new) the number of emissions emitted would drop drastically.


Making an effort to impress upon the organization that your expectation is to always recycle appropriate materials can be very effective in the long run. Recycling your used electronics cuts down on the carbon footprint created by your organization but also deepens the mindset and helps define the culture within. There are many advantages to the environment that come with recycling your company’s tech items.

When items like these are recycled, the raw materials used to make them—plastic, glass, metals, etc.—are able to be re-utilized instead of produced. When it’s time to update your technology, make sure your organization takes pride in donating or reusing the equipment you already have.

You would be surprised by how much your company can save and how much of a difference can be made by simply re-evaluating some simple processes. Be sure to follow the three Rs when looking to make a change for the better in saving time, money and the environment.

What environmentally conscious initiatives is your business implementing?

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How many aluminum cans equal 1 pound?

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14525_cansIt takes approximately 31 empty aluminum cans to equal 1 pound. As of 2014, the average weight of an empty aluminum can is 14.9 grams.

One pound is equal to 453.592 grams. In order to determine the number of cans required to add up to 1 pound, it is necessary to divide the number of grams in a pound by the weight of an individual can. The quotient is equal to 30.442, meaning that it is necessary to round up to the nearest whole number which is 31.

How much does an average aluminium can weigh today?

The weight of aluminum cans can vary and has changed over time. According to the Australian Aluminum Council, the average can weighed 16.55 grams in 1992. In 2001, the average weight decreased to the weight that is the average as of 2014.

Today, aluminium cans are about 30% lighter than they were 25 years ago. Thinner, stronger sections are now being used with less metal, less energy and more savings in weight.  An average aluminium can (without its contents, of course) weighed 16.55 grams in 1992. By 2001 the aluminium can weighed about 14.9 grams. Aluminium beverage cans come in different shapes and sizes. The standard volume is 375 ml.

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Aluminum Recycling Interesting Facts

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  1. Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth.
  2. Over 50 percent of the aluminum cans produced are recycled.
  3. A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.
  4. Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal: two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is in use today.
  5. Every minute of every day, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled.
  6. Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy; 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.
  7. Recycling one aluminum saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television
  8. for three hours.
  9. In 2005, 54 billion cans were recycled saving energy equivalent to 15 million barrels of crude oil – America’s entire gas consumption for one day.
  10. Tossing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline.
  11. In 1972, 24,000 metric tons of aluminum used beverage containers (UBCs) were recycled. In 1998, the amount increased to over 879,000 metric tons.
  12. In 1972, it took about 22 empty aluminum cans to weigh one pound. Due to advanced technology to use less material and increase durability of aluminum cans, in 2002 it took about 34 empty aluminum cans to weigh one pound.
  13. While at work, the average employee consumes 2.5 beverages a day.

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Happy National Tin Can Day!

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As you know, there are various awareness campaigns throughout the year – everything from National Zero Waste Week (hurrah) to Vegan week to Aids awareness days. But did you know that February 19th is National Tin Can Day? It might seem a little silly to have a day in praise of the tin can, but look at how it’s increased our ability to preserve foods and where would a University student be without a tin of baked beans in their kitchen cupboard?

Tin cans

Tin cans used for food storage are usually made of tin coated steel or aluminium however, some of the early cans were sealed with lead soldering, which funnily enough, resulted in lead poisoning. The tin can was first patented in 1810. Apparently, Napoleon offered a prize for a successful method of preserving food for his armies who were getting weak due to lack of food.

Can openers

If lead poisoning isn’t enough to make the effort seem less than worthwhile, the first can opener wasn’t designed until 50 years after the first tin cans were manufactured! Back in the good old days you had to use knives, chisels or even rocks to puncture your tin and reach the delicious contents.

1 million cans a day

When the first tin cans were produced in the US, the best craftsmen could produce up to 60 can a day. Nowadays, production lines are manufacturing over one million cans per day.

Tin can recycling

Steel and aluminium cans are one of the easiest materials to recycle. Many local authorities collect them from curb sides or provide bring banks for recycling and it’s really worth the effort to recycle as many as you are able.

Metal recycling

Metals, unlike many other materials such as paper, can be recycled indefinitely without loosing any of their properties. Not only that, but the processes used to mine bauxite to make aluminium products uses a large amount of energy and corrodes the earth.  According to Tuft’s University, the mining of bauxite destroys more of the earth’s surface than the mining of any other ore.

Aluminium recycling

Recycling aluminium on the other hand, requires only 5% of the energy and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions compared to primary production plus it reduces waste going to landfill. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely, as reprocessing does not damage its structure. Aluminium is also the most cost-effective material to recycle.


Steel is mined from an ore which is stripped in a blast furnace to reduce it to pig iron that can then be used in steel production. Each household uses approximately 600 steel cans per year and just one recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.

Can recycling

  • 51,000 tonnes of aluminium ends up as packaging in the US each year.
  • If all cans in the United States were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • $49,075,200.00 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.

Recycle your cans

So there we go – the use of tin cans for food storage has made our food cupboards unrecognisable from 150 years ago. Remember that next time you tuck into some backed beans or a delightful tin of Spam and remember to recycle your cans too!

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Top 5 Reasons to Recycle

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1. Conserves natural resources.

Recycling conserves natural resources such as trees, water and minerals — preserving the environment for future generations.

2. Reduces the need for landfills.

Recycling reduces the need for landfills and incinerators because when materials are recycled, less waste is sent to disposal facilities.

3. Prevents pollution.

Recycling prevents pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions caused by the extracting and processing of raw materials.
4. Saves energy.

Recycling saves energy by eliminating the need to extract and process raw materials.
5. Creates jobs.

Recycling helps create new jobs in the United States for both the recycling industry and manufacturing.

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