It’s important now more than ever to know exactly what’s inside the items that we purchase. As we saw earlier, many electronic appliances are bought and barely used, only to be disposed of and add to the growing e-waste issue.
But with so many brands, models, and choices out there, how do you know what to choose? Here’s some things to keep in mind when making your next big purchase. It will help you save money and effort, and ensure that you’re doing your part for the environment.
Energy Rating Labels
When buying new electronic appliances, Energy Rating labels can help you make your decision. This government-regulated, compulsory rating shows how much electricity the appliance uses and provides information for comparison.
Not only do they help you compare models, but it also encourages manufacturers to constantly improve energy efficiency. Higher rating models can be more expensive, but it could also save on your electricity bill.
It is important to note that this rating doesn’t account for the longevity or disposal of the product.
But for environmental sustainability, the EPEAT product rating is the one to go. This global initiative currently over 4 400 products in 43 countries. The rating considers:
- Whole lifecycle of product
- Design and production costs
- Reduction of toxins
Here’s a list of the specific criteria for each product. Use their search functions to find appliances that fit your needs.
Other sustainable labels
Some electronic products may have environmental labelling. There are many variations, so here are a few definitions to help you make your choice:
- Recycled: contains material that otherwise becomes waste
- Recyclable: contains material that can be recycled
- Pre-consumer: contains material from the manufacturing process that otherwise becomes waste
- Post- consumer: contains waste products from household/industrial use that are instead recycled
While environmentally sustainable products may carry a larger price tag, the long-term savings pay off. If you do some research you can find the perfect product – better for you, your wallet, and the environment!
And don’t forget to consider secondhand goods at the BRS – our wide range of electronics have been professionally tested and tagged, so you know exactly what you’re buying.