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5 Ways to Make Your Gadget Habit Earth-Friendly For Earth Day

We’re becoming more conscientious as a society about our impact on our planet. But something that we often tend to neglect is the high environmental cost of the laptops, smartphones, and tablets we use daily. While their usage takes up relatively low amounts of energy and produces little in terms of toxic outputs (aside from maybe loud conversations in restaurants and texts from exes) their manufacture is an entirely different story. In fact, 75% of the energy consumed by a device during its lifespan happens before its box is ever opened by the buyer. Continue Reading

Bitcoin, an energy consumption black hole

Bitcoin is the new Godwin’s law:  it’s a topic that arises out of nowhere and that very few people really understand, but it comes up as the conversation grows longer.  In addition to generating a roller coaster ride for speculators (1 bitcoin was worth up to $10,000 before promptly plunging in value) numerous scientists have suggested that it causes massive pollution… And since it’s here to stay, we have to find a way to deal with it, but differently.

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Once Upon a Circular Economy

We all know about 1001 Nights but have you heard of 1001 Lives? It’s a beautiful story written by several authors, most of all, you. Are you comfortably seated? OK, let’s get started.

Once upon a time there was a mixed-up bunch of words. Their names were Sorting, Recycling, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy. These are somewhat familiar terms that we may have encountered at least once in our lives. One day, Circular Economy met Back Market. We won’t hide the fact that it was love at first site (get it? Site/Sight). We believe that love is meant to be shared. And your smartphones are at the heart of the matter. Here’s why.   Continue Reading

Spotted In Sweden: the world’s first supermarket dedicated entirely to recycled products

With 99% of its household waste recycled, Sweden is one of the places leading the way in the circular economy, and since 2015 has been home to a unique shopping mall unlike any other in the world: one completely dedicated to recycled products and the activities associated with them. The birthplace of this completely new kind of shopping mall is the city of Ekilstuna, 62 miles from the Swedish capital, financed by the local council in partnership with a business in the area. Continue Reading

Black Friday: its Dramatic Social and Environmental Impact

On your mark, get set, buy! As Black Friday approaches, consumers are poised for action and retailers cross their fingers. Theyre getting ready, as they do every year, to jump for joy over this American phenomenon. But should we really leave so much room for excitement around this celebration of unbridled consumerism and the blind prostration before high-tech that it showcases?

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