A few years ago, sustainability and innovation weren’t really considered in the same sentence – many technological innovations have had and still have a negative impact on the environment.
More recently however, with an equally looming climate crisis, it has become widely accepted that sustainable innovation will change the world and that it is critical to improving the environment in which we live.
This is why there is a growing need to develop sustainable technologies.
In 2021, we have witnessed a number of events that have highlighted this need internationally. The theme of sustainability was dominant at COP26 (Conference of the Parties), where, for nearly three decades, the UN has brought together most of the world’s countries for global climate summits.
Meanwhile, climate change has gone from being a marginal problem to a global priority.
What is sustainable technology?
Essentially, it is an umbrella term that covers all technologies that reduce environmental and ecological risks and provide sustainable products.
Some examples of sustainable technologies are LED lights, solar power, self-sufficient construction methods, and even public transport.
There are many more examples in almost every industry available and the list is constantly evolving, with new innovations on the rise every year.
The question of eco-responsible labels
But how do you know if a product is really sustainable? The term itself, as well as others like “green”, “green” or “carbon positive” is not really “regulated”.
This means that brands can use this term freely to describe their merchandise. So, purchasing environmentally friendly products involves a certain degree of research. However, new startups and businesses are now emerging online, with the goal of helping consumers decide which products are green to buy.
A good example is a platform called Glami, which works like a Google for people looking for sustainable fashion products online.
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Sustainability in retail
Amazon is one of the most widely used platforms for the purchase of goods of all kinds, and one of the most criticized as well; the company launched its Climate Pledge Friendly program in 2020 in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the UK, to make it easier for its customers to discover and buy the most sustainable products for sale on the platform.
The Swedish multinational Ikea has also joined the recycling / upcycling efforts. The company has created a voucher that will allow its customers to use it on future purchases by having their used furniture appraised online in advance.
On the other hand, House of Marley focused from the start on creating durable headphones and earphones.
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And these are just a few of the companies that are currently making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
What about cell phones?
The cellphone argument has been going on for some time, from people arguing that there is really no need to launch mobile devices almost every month, to others fighting for the right to redress against giants. like Apple.
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Cell phones contribute a lot of electronic waste, but more and more people have chosen to stick with their old cell phones and some are repairing the devices themselves instead of buying a new one.
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Many articles and blog posts have started appearing online with ideas on how to recycle old cell phones.
If you’re wondering what to do with those phones you stuck in a drawer a few years ago, just do a simple Google search with the keywords “upcycle mobile phone” and you’ll be inspired. Besides, it might turn out to be a good project to keep you busy as well.
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Big names in the mobile industry are also trying to do less damage to the planet by creating more environmentally friendly accessories. Samsung, for example, has teamed up with Kvadrat, a Danish brand that has received Ecolabel certification, to create smartwatch and phone cases for the company, made from recycled plastic.
Samsung S20 + Kvadrat cases, made from plastic bottles
The auto industry was one of the first to focus on sustainability: after all, its effect on our planet has been more than visible for decades.
We now have an ever increasing number of electric cars on our streets. Additionally, countries like the UK have already pledged to increase the number of electric cars in their cities to 90% or more, by 2030.
There are also several carpooling apps, and electric scooters and bicycles have slowly become commonplace on the streets of major cities.
Of course, the transition to sustainable technology must be championed by the people who consume the goods that affect the planet and the good news is that many of us are increasingly aware of the damage that has been done.
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When people choose to switch to sustainable technology, companies notice it and the decision of the regular user will have a domino effect across all industries. We can already see this happening in many industries and, if we stick to our decisions to use environmentally friendly technologies, we could actually play a role in preserving and even safeguarding our beautiful little one. planet, hopefully.