Refurbished Computers Are Turning Green

Refurbished Computers Are Turning Green
Emissions of​ carbon dioxide help to​ trap heat within the​ Earth’s atmosphere that would normally be released into space .​
The result of​ this increased heat is​ called Global Warming if​ you are of​ the​ liberal persuasion and Dramatic Climate Change if​ you are conservative .​
The end result is​ the​ same; the​ Earth will continue to​ heat up where it​ should be cold,​ and cool off where it​ should be warm .​
This will be a​ mild inconvenience to​ most where it​ was warm,​ but the​ coldest areas such as​ the​ poles of​ the​ planet will see bigger change in​ the​ form of​ dumping massive amounts of​ ice into the​ ocean that will change the​ face of​ the​ planet .​
Computers are part of​ this larger problem.
Power plants,​ cars and factories lead the​ charge in​ changing the​ global environment,​ as​ do air conditioners,​ coal pits and all of​ the​ usual suspects .​
The computer as​ it​ is​ now is​ a​ part of​ the​ problem .​
a​ personal computer can use between 150 and 600 watts of​ power,​ which isn’t much compared to​ the​ damage of​ a​ coal pit but is​ a​ great deal more than a​ television or​ a​ CD player .​
a​ high end computer if​ left on​ constantly can add over $50 per month on​ an​ electric bill,​ and send hundreds of​ pounds of​ CO2 into the​ atmosphere over the​ course of​ a​ year.
The very same lead that must be removed from gasoline is​ present in​ a​ computer in​ large quantity .​
This is​ negligible in​ a​ single PC,​ or​ even in​ a​ city of​ PCs,​ but globally this is​ extremely toxic to​ the​ environment when they are disposed of .​
Although many parts are converted into reused PCs and Refurbished Laptops most old computers wind up in​ a​ landfill and must be destroyed .​
This is​ a​ lot of​ lead to​ deal with.
Although most US based PC manufactures are ignoring the​ problem,​ Europe has stepped up to​ the​ challenge of​ a​ Green PC .​
Lead-free computing is​ the​ goal in​ Europe,​ and many regulations are being put in​ place to​ help make this happen .​
Dell Inc .​
is​ pressuring its industry to​ create computer recycling programs that can help in​ this issue,​ and they have pledged to​ plant a​ tree for every computer they sell .​
Concern for the​ environment is​ not new to​ Dell Inc as​ in​ 2004 they agreed to​ recycle computers from any manufacturer as​ long as​ the​ buyer purchased the​ new hardware from Dell.
PC World is​ in​ the​ process of​ launching a​ Green PC that will focus on​ decreasing the​ power usage of​ its personal computer .​
While this is​ a​ strong start towards helping the​ environment,​ most of​ the​ environmental damage done by a​ PC occurs before the​ end user even buys it .​
a​ 2004 UN University report found that the​ average PC burned through ten times its own weight in​ raw material during the​ manufacturing stage .​
This would mean that 75% of​ the​ environmental concern is​ manufacturing .​
As most manufacturing occurs outside the​ United States in​ the​ form of​ hardware such as​ motherboards,​ cards and cases then it​ becomes clear that a​ resolution in​ the​ United States would only be the​ beginning .​
It would become necessary for companies such as​ Dell and Gateway to​ refuse to​ do business with firms that manufactured PC hardware in​ a​ manner that was not environmentally friendly .​
Of course the​ problem there would be that computers would increase in​ cost almost immediately and market wide.

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