The two aspects are no longer in conflict: it's important to actively shape the digital transition, even in your private life.
We all know: the use of digital technologies also generates CO2 emissions. However, it would be wrong to simply condemn digitalisation from a sustainability perspective. In fact, it offers numerous opportunities to benefit the planet. We present to you the most effective ways to make your life more digital and sustainable.
Use ePost! – and avoid paperwork
Whether you receive only your bills digitally or process all your mail digitally: with ePost, you’re benefiting the environment. Less paper means less deforestation, less CO2 and less waste.
Playing the Internet of Things! Smart and green technologies
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) simply means that your objects and devices are connected to the Internet to communicate with each other, collect data, and exchange information.
Your smartwatch is an example of this. What does this have to do with sustainability? Quite a lot!
Smart thermostats adjust the room temperature, based on your habits, to save energy.
IoT-enabled electricity meters provide information about your electricity consumption. This way, you can identify devices that use a lot of energy.
Networked lighting systems turn them off when no one is in the room to reduce your energy consumption.
Connected car technologies help you plan more efficient routes to minimise your fuel consumption.
Smart refrigerators monitor food expiration dates for you and send notifications to prevent food waste.
Networked platforms allow you to share or exchange items instead of owning them, thus minimising your consumption of resources.
By using IoT technologies in your daily life, not only can you reduce your own ecological footprint, but you also contribute to the continuous improvement and sustainability of these technologies.
Communicate virtually! – Save energy with video conferencing
In a study, researchers at the University of Zurich estimated that by 2030, commuter traffic in Switzerland will create about four megatons of CO2 equivalents. Thanks to digital communication tools such as emails, video conferencing, and instant messaging, we might be able to lower this figure. When commuters work from home, even for just a few days, their ecological footprint decreases noticeably.
Choose eco-friendly devices – reflected in a digital and green future
As mentioned earlier, digital technologies have their own energy consumption and resource requirements. Production, in particular, is often energy-intensive. However, you also have the opportunity to make sustainable decisions here.
When purchasing your device, consider the following factors:
Choose reputable brands known for their durability.
Pay attention to repair options and the availability of spare parts.
Choose modular devices to enable replacement of individual parts.
Opt for energy efficiency and recyclability.
Rechargeable batteries are better than disposable batteries.
Find information from product reviews and sustainability reports.
Consider purchasing used or refurbished devices.
Look for fair trade or sustainability certifications.
Whether using or purchasing digital devices: what’s important is to reflect on how we can do good for our planet through digitalisation, rather than harm it. Now you already know the key tips. Do you have any more? Then send us your suggestions at: email@example.com.