Earth Overshoot Day is calculated every year by the NGO Global Footprint Network and the WWF. This year it falls on July 29, 2019. Yes, that was two weeks ago. So we have a challenge for you, and it concerns our common ecological footprint.
Can’t Spell iPhone Without The ”i”: We Are Our Electronics
Since the very first and very clunky cell phones arrived on the scene, they always served as status symbols. They were scarce and expensive machines that continued to reflect varying degrees of wealth and social caché (depending on the model you had, of course) even after Nokia made them more accessible.
Attention, citizens of the planet (in danger)! (drum roll) Samsung is currently announcing its new eco-friendly policy.
In this holiday season of shopping and feasts, Back Market suggests keeping the environment in mind as you make your purchases! A few pieces of advice to help the planet won’t cost you a penny, so let’s consider the environmental perspective on a few products and the way we use them. Ready, set, GO! Wait, no, come back…
Upcycling is booming. Officially known as “surcyclage” in proper French (not the most inspiring of names), upcycling means recycling used materials or products by turning them into new materials or products. The new products have to be of superior quality or usefulness. That’s where the word “up” comes in: recycling to give something a higher value. Today Back Market is going to tell you about 4 exciting upcycling projects!
Back Market is apparently not alone in being a fan of reconditioning ?
Tesla, for those not yet familiar with it, is Elon Musk’s company specializing in electric automobiles. While its first two models were produced on a small scale and sold at exorbitant prices, the Tesla Model 3 is the Californian manufacturer’s first mass-produced model, which will help to reduce the purchase price. Over 100,000 units have been produced since the summer of 2017.
Every day, every hour, every minute, and even every second, billions of e-mail messages crisscross the globe, bouncing from one inbox to another at lightning speed. In all, they amount to approximately 205 billion messages annually, according to a 2015 report from the European Commission, a figure that could rise to 246 billion by 2019 according to the same sources – and that doesn’t even include spam. In other words, e-mail represents a giant step forward for better, faster communication technology, but it’s disastrous in terms of environmental impact, in the sense that all this correspondence uses a great deal of energy, generating greenhouse gases.
What happens when the Internet endangers our environment?
Back Market keeps an eye out for new ideas that help the Earth and make us think. We give a gold star to the ones that also promote mindful consumption and rational spending.
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.