Reduce. Re-use. Recycle
Yes, I just nicked one of Bob the Builder’s catch phrases. It’s because I just finished writing up a column for the local paper about re-using and patching up old PCs and laptops.
In it I also mention a new event in my old home town, called Kinder Tech. It’s a free event with IT professionals donating their time (myself included in the form of Alans IT Solutions) and expertise. Members of the public can come in for advice and have their computers and mobile equipment checked out for free.
Why am I writing about this in my Green Technology collection? Well, it’s simply that the way we use technology can be green or greener, it’s not just about new technology being green per se. As a society we throw a lot (and I mean a lot) of stuff away and technology can be one of the most damaging and wasteful aspects of that. By properly maintaining equipment we can make it use resources more efficiently and effectively extend its usefulness. Not forgetting that there is a carbon cost with anything we manufacture, so using older tech for longer is a good thing!
Anyway, here is a link to the Kinder Tech event itself. http://www.kinderlivingshow.co.uk/kinder-tech/
Are there similar events where you live? Feel free to post a link to them in the comments if there are, together with a short description of the event and importantly its location. I am certain they would like the publicity too!