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Fujitsu’s own Green Label

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I find looking at eco-labelling is similar to food labelling. As a vegetarian (together with the huge interest I have in health/fitness!) I often have to do more detailed research into the actual ingredients and nutritional information.

Not everyone can agree what a vegetarian can or cannot eat though, which makes my interviewing/question process so much more interesting! Not to mention the really long words on the labelling for both IT eco-labels and food labels!

I’ve spent the last few months looking at more eco-friendly IT products, mainly for my Green IT talks/training and for a customer requirement. The joy of speaking to some resellers and account managers has been rather eventful.

I like to directly contact the company myself. There are other eco-friendly technology products as well as those on the UK EPEAT list.

I’ve looked into this further with EPEAT and received some information to do with paying and registering on a country by country basis.  I also spoke to a contact who actually works in the sustainability team at Fujitsu in the UK, as none of their products appear on the UK EPEAT list.

Fujitsu have their own Green Label which includes EPEAT, Blue Angel, Nordic and Energy Star, and they look at the whole lifecycle.

The Blue Angel is a German certification and is the oldest eco label in the world. Fujitsu Siemans was the first global manufacturer to introduce a Blue Angel certified Green PC to market in 1993.

The Nordic label was established in 1989 and is another environmentally labelling scheme used internationally.

So, as well as EPEAT (UK), it’s also worth looking at Fujitsu’s Green Labelled products for other environmentally friendly technology products.
 

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 11 December 2011 12.30pm

Green printing option – Vegetable-based inks reduces the impact on the environment

April 18, 2011 1 comment

Vegetable inks are another option to consider when you’re looking to print in a green way.

There are a number of environmental benefits!  In comparison to the mineral/petroleum inks, vegetable-based inks are derived from renewal resources, made from sources such as linseed oils and also have less impact when recycled.   There are less toxins from the metals, such as cadmium which is in mineral-based inks.  Lower volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions are emitted during printing, which are carbon-containing gases.

There is also less damage to the health and a reduced impact on the environment from using vegetable-based inks.

There are a number of printers/suppliers who offer the option to print using low VOC products and vegetable-based inks.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 18 April 2011 5.40pm 

Knowing what items can be recycled….reducing waste

August 17, 2010 2 comments

Other than the three chasing arrows (Mobius strip) which is a universal recycling symbol, there is another symbol which symbolises the item can be recycled. For electrical equipment, there is a WEEE symbol shown with a big cross placed on a bin.

I am still finding that some people just place unwanted items in their bins (not necessarily the right one too!), but are not aware of the WEEE regulations or the fact that certain items contain hazardous/toxic substances.

The option to recycle can be carried out by either sending it back to the manufacturer (also check your warranty) or there are a number of shops/suppliers who specialise in recycling.

Having spoken to both local and UK national based printer suppliers, they have policies in place to ensure equipment is disposed or recycled legally.

Printer ink cartridges can be recycled/refilled and some suppliers even offer incentives to organisations to encourage people to reduce their waste and recycle more.

The article Doing the right thing with your unwanted IT equipment’ (please see website link 1 below) already covers ways to dispose of your unwanted IT equipment. 

There are companies in the UK who ensure data is wiped out securely. It may be worth checking what policy is in place where you bought the actual equipment from and request a data erasure/removal report.

There are several software products to erase data used by certain companies which meet the HMG Infosec Standard 5, which have been tested and passed by CESG who are the Government’s IT Security Group.

A product I know about is used by a recycling charitable organisation (for those who want to donate their old equipment to charities) and also a well known retailer in the UK who sell lots of technical equipment!

Reduce waste – avoid sending items to landfill – recycle more. You will also save costs as well as reduce carbon footprint.

WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://givingtimeandsolutions.com Giving Time and Solutions – Doing the right thing with your unwanted IT equipment article.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 17 August 2010 12.30pm

Categories: Eco-Labeling, Green IT

IT Eco-labeling – Purchasing Greener IT equipment which reduces impact on the environment, saves energy and carbon footprint..

May 23, 2010 2 comments

I have a lot of people asking me what PC they should buy next. Depends on what you want it for and what your budget is usually.  Can you upgrade what you currently have first?

For personal usage, there may just be a need to use a PC for website browsing, documentation, e-mails, iplayer, music/itunes, games, etc.

An organisation’s usage can only be best determined when you have a current understanding of the people, (business) processes and technology.

What are the guidelines a buyer follows when they purchase a PC?

  • Appearance
  • Backing up features
  • Battery power
  • Cheapest price
  • Do you need a desktop, laptop or netbook?
  • Does it need to connect to another external device?
  • Graphics ability
  • Latest deal in store/online
  • Speed of machine
  • Storage ability – files for music, photos and/or  videos
  • The brand name/manufacturer
  • The processor speed, memory size, monitor and applications you run will affect the PC energy and battery usage. This may therefore increase the IT CO2 and energy usage costs.
  • What monitor would you want with the desktop?  

Eco-labeling for IT equipment is also another area which needs to be looked into as a criteria and I will also explain this in more detail in separate blog posts.

Much in the same way buyers look at labeling on food packaging (Carbon Trust, recycling), energy star rating for fridges and washing machines, some IT manufacturers also provide information on the environmental attributes for technology. These include:

  • packaging
  • product information on the hazardous substances
  • product lifetime and more  
  • recycling

I have already addressed the need to provide some awareness to the buyer for IT equipment eco-labeling with a well known PC store a couple of weeks ago and am awaiting a response to this.

Purchasing technology which fit the specific needs for personal usage/organisation/schools, saves money, uses less energy and reduces the environmental impact.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 23 May 2010 11.30am

Categories: Eco-Labeling, Green IT