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  • The Importance of Recycling Printer Cartridges

    According to Planet Ark – an Australian not-for-profit environmental agency – in 2005 alone, more than 18 million printer cartridges were discarded. As you can see in the infographic below, the majority of printer cartridge e-waste comes from residential dwellings; and that the waste disposal bins provided for these dwellings are not equipped for recycling of e-waste. […] More

  • How Recycling Your DVR Can Create Jobs for Challenged Workers

    Consumer electronics create massive amounts of waste… and massive opportunities for recycling. Much of the e-waste slated for recycling, however, gets dumped in developing countries where poor safety practices create health threats for workers and community members. Couldn’t all of this usable waste serve the creation of safe, meaningful jobs? DISH thinks so, and has announced a partnership that will create jobs for workers with challenges finding and keeping employment. More

  • E-Waste Management: The Big Picture (infographic)

    Electronic waste (or e-waste) presents a number of challenges: its growth, its toxicity, unethical approaches to recycling… the list goes on. And while it’s a big issue in the United States, it’s not limited to us: the rest of the world is also trying to figure out what to do with all of those discarded […] More

  • E-cycle with eBay… and Maybe Even Get Paid

    A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from eBay’s Green Team (something I undoubtedly signed up for during one of my online shopping marathons). For once, I was pleasantly surprised by something that seemed like spam. The email blast was advertising eBay’s electronic recycling services, so I decided to check it out. Hey […] More

  • Ten Green Storage Solutions

    People often characterize the proliferation of self storage in the United States as a sign of consumerism or a materialist culture. To me, consumerism means consuming products. Buying a bunch of stuff and then throwing it away when you get bored with it — or buying items that are designed for just once use before […] More

  • Stepping Up Efforts to Control E-Waste: China Passes Electronic Disposal Law

    The theme of China’s annual National People’s Congress taking place this week – the proceedings of which remain highly secretive beforehand – has been largely an economic one. Although the environment is hardly the priority issue du jour, China has not entirely changed its course with regard to the environment, despite the economic turmoil, as […] More

  • E-Wasted: Where Will Your Computer and iPod Go to Die?

    Simran Sethi and Sarah Smarsh are writing a series on the impacts of everyday things. They will be posting previews on Green Options before launching the posts on Huffington Post. Want to know how to green your internet porn (or emailing or iTunes) habit? Check out these tips and a post-mortem of where your computers […] More