Sunday, December 31, 2006

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- Bitritus Solution

The New York Times on Sunday had a great article on how some individuals are buying refurbished technology gear in an effort to be more eco-friendly. It definitely was a thought when i bought the refurb that I'm writing this post on right now. It's an attractive option especially for computers which feel they have a shelf life approaching that of milk that you can save a few dollars and be green too.

The interesting thing is you can only buy recent models of computers, and there really is no resale market of old computers. I picked up a second generation grape iMac for $1 recently and it works, but I don't know what to use it for. That old Bitritus sneaking up again.

With the advent of the new Vista Operating System from Microsoft, the same old upgrade cycle is going to happen again. It'd be nice if we could properly recycle these devices. That's the idea behind Cradle to Cradle design where the materials can be used again as the raw material for new products that William McDonough and Michael Braungart advocate. There must be some cradle to cradle mechanism for the ...


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