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There are 3 websites I recommend visiting: Ethical Consumer This article scores 15 laptops brands on use of conflict minerals and toxic chemicals, worker rights, carbon reporting and tax avoidance. The manufacturer of Iameco is listed as a bad choice when it comes to use of conflict minerals and worker rights, but they do score well on use of toxic ...


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Make sure your laptop is failing physically before deciding to buy new. It might just be that it's too old and worn to run Windows, but installing Linux might work. The easiest version to use is Linux Mint. See here for a guide: http://moderngreenlife.com/save-an-old-pc-from-landfill-with-linux-mint-xfce/ If you really have to buy one new, then spend a bit ...


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I would be surprised if any pen would be more sustainable than a sustainably sourced pencil. In terms of sustainability, I still think that "green" pens should come after refillable pens, pencils and fountain pens. There are also refillable cartridges for standard fountain pens, which usually come with plastic cartridges. For example, this middle one looks ...


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Always try to buy hardware, that is easy to repair and upgrade. This will save you from throwing it away to buy another one, when it breaks, starts to overheat due to dust in the fan or needs more memory, new hard drive etc. IFixit has a ranking of "repairability", that is really useful.


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There are plenty of sites selling reconditioned laptops or second hand laptops. Some companies upgrade regularly and this releases perfectly serviceable computers to the public. These surely have better credentials for sustainability than a new eco laptop. I won't link to sites to avoid providing advertising but I must have purchased three laptops in this ...


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I thought a new development would be worth mentioning: CrowdSupply hosts a successful crowd-funding campaign for the EOMA68 line of computing devices. EOMA68 is a standard, and the computing devices have the benefit of using easily-replaceable parts to fix or upgrade them, 3D-printable casings, and components that can move from one casing to another (for ...


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How are you applying the cleaning solutions? The technique is just as important as the ingredients - they need time to work, which may be difficult with a porcelain toilet bowl, as the dimensions and pool of water can interfere with the process. You need the solution to remain on the affected area and not be diluted by the bowl of water - draining the latter ...


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In the United States, food products labeled as “organic” are generally believed to be in compliance with the standards of the National Organic Program (NOP), a program of the USDA, which strictly prohibits the use of GMO's under that certification, but even in countries that require GMO labeling, the standard legal threshold of 0.9% is the potential ...


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It may cost a lot of green, but Macs and Apple are particularly green. Apple has many protocols and material regulations they use in their products. That's one of the reasons they cost so much, is the good materials they source. I will agree with the labor problem, but they have good materials. See the model you might want, they have PDFs discussing the ...


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I know of two American organizations that offer a life-cycle based certification scheme for food or food services, but they seem to be small and not widely spread. For the record I'm not affiliated to either of these organizations. 1. Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) There's a company called SCS Global Services which is a third-party certifier ...


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