Articles Posted in the Lifestyle category

HP cuts packaging by 97 percent and wins award

September 4, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

HP has reduced the packaging materials used in one of its notebooks (the HP Pavilion dv6929wm) by an amazing 97 percent. The notebook is shipped in a “sturdy and stylish” reusable bag, rather than a box. The bag protects the machine during shipping and can be put straight onto store display shelves. Fewer trucks are apparently needed to ship the notebooks to stores. And, when you take your new notebook home and unpack it, you don’t have a pile of styrofoam and cardboard to throw away.

HP’s design won a challenge put out by US retail giant Wal-Mart. It looks like the HP Pavilion dv6929 is only available in Wal-Mart stores. But let’s hope this sets a new trend in the packaging of electronics that eventually filters down to us here in SA.

Via :: Reuters, HP

Your help wanted for e-waste survey

September 2, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

The e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) and the IT Association are conducting a survey about the kinds and amounts of (potential) e-waste in South African homes. They have put together an online questionnaire and ask if you could take 10 minutes to fill it out.

Click here for the questionnaire.

Please forward it to your friends and associates. They need as many submissions from South Africa as possible.

E-waste in numbers

August 21, 2008
Posted in Green News

Green IT was the theme of this year’s Gartner Symposium Africa, held this week in Cape Town. Over the course of the event speakers rolled out facts and figures on e-waste and the impact information technology is having on the environment. Here are a few of the many stood out for us:

460 000 – The number of PCs that reach “end-of-life” every day.
550 million – The number of mobile phones that reach “end-of-life” every year.
2% – The contribution of the IT industry to global carbon dioxide emissions, roughly equivalent to the output of the airline industry.
60% – The percentage of toxicity in landfill sites due to e-waste.
2%-3% – The percentage of landfill sites that are e-waste.
95%-98% – The percentage of PC materials that can be recycled.
6 ounces – The typical yield of gold from 1 ton of PC boards.
1 ounce – The typical gold yield from 1 ton of rock.

Cape school gets solar-powered computer lab

August 11, 2008
Posted in Renewable energy

The Western Cape’s first solar-powered school computer lab was officially opened on Friday at Bernadino Heights Secondary School in Kraaifontein near Cape Town.

It is a pilot project of the Khanya Project of the Western Cape Education Department and, if successful, it holds great potential for bringing technology to schools in rural areas where power and energy supply is problematic or non-existent. Read more