While technology often gets accused of many ecological disasters, it is perhaps possible it will earn a different reputation in the nearest future. How? Well, by saving the environment, of course. Some technological trends offer great ways to do some old tasks in a more planet-friendly way. Others save resources, while there are those that passively contribute to both our budget and our environment. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several tech trends that could save the environment.
1. Electric Bicycles
Cycling is, beyond a doubt, one of the most environment-friendly activities. However, what frightens most people when it comes to choosing cycling as their main mean of commute is the lack of stamina. Luckily, with the help of electric bicycles, this goal seems closer than ever. The carbon footprint of this vehicle is extremely low, the vehicle itself is frugal and you get the privilege of saving the planet while staying fit at the same time. A clear and undeniable win-win-win scenario for you.
With the boost in the popularity of digital money, we might be looking at a paperless future. First, the number of printed documents was reduced with the introduction of emails and digital formats. Now, with the popularization of cryptocurrencies, it’s incredibly easy to imagine the future in which all transactions are conducted in the digital world.
With the upcoming changes in the world of cryptocurrencies and the upcoming promising ICOs, this might not be as far down the line as some may have assumed. Improvements in the blockchain technology can also promise paperless official contracts in just a few years. Portals like The Blockchain Review allow us to keep track of all these changes.
The next tech trend that could save the environment are LED bulbs. Namely, LED is extremely frugal in more than one way, seeing as how it uses less power (four to six times) to produce the same amount of light and it lasts longer. An average incandescent bulb lasts 1,000 to 2,000 hours, while an LED bulb may last between 25,000 to 50,000 hours. This means 25 to 50 times less waste. Also, seeing as how the demand for LED is lower (due to its longevity), it’s only logical that the carbon footprint of the industry producing it is also lower. In other words, the environment triumphs any way you look at it.
4. Air Purifying Towers
This technology is still considered by some to be a prototype, even though it had some impressive results in Beijing. Namely, a Dutch architect made a purifying tower capable of turning carbon from smog into real diamonds. According to some estimates, it is capable of sucking up more than 30,000 cubic meters of polluted air each hour. Sure, this may seem minor when you consider the current situation in Beijing, yet, in a high enough number, these air purifying towers could really make a difference.
5. Electric Cars
While they were mocked and ridiculed in the past, nowadays, electric cars are already a force to be reckoned with. Sure, most of the electricity that they work on is produced in a not-so-environmentally-friendly-way, yet, the amount of gases produced by such a vehicle is reduced to a minimum and there’s no direct exploitation of the planet’s finite resources. In other words, an electric car is a great compromise for those who aim to make an effort yet aren’t ready to fully commit to a vehicle-less life.
There are so many honorable mentions you should keep in mind like the idea of super grids, osmotic power or even nuclear fusion power. Nonetheless, these three are macro-solutions that are still hypothetical solutions to a present problem. This is the main reason we picked the above-listed five items to include on this list. They’re cheap, available and they allow every single person to pull their own weight instead of waiting for the solution to come from some government organization or a lab. The future of our planet is our own responsibility and it needs to be observed as such.
Dan Radak, the author of this post, is a marketing professional with eleven years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a co-author on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.