Put Your Company’s Old Tech to Good Use

If you are operating a small business, it is very important that you have the right technology to get the job done.  Many small businesses have a lot of technology, from computers to cell phones to printers. That being said, you aren’t the only one that stands to benefit from this tech.

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Remember, to be successful, you really have to help others out as well. You have to give back.  All of this technology can be useful not just to allow a business to operate as efficiently as possible but also to help the business give back to the community and help others.

There are many different ways that small businesses can make use of the technology they have to help others and improve the greater good. Here are a few different ways that technology can provide advantages when small businesses make smart choices:

  • Look for technology designed to help save the planet. Becoming more environmentally friendly has been a big concern for many businesses in recent years.  Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities for small businesses to do good things for the planet. One option is for businesses to join a cartridge recycling program for old ink and toner cartridges.  When you recycle ink and toner cartridges, you keep these materials out of the landfill and avoid generating additional unnecessary waste.

Recycled cartridges can also be refilled and re-used, which means that replacing ink and toner can become less expensive and less damaging to the environment since there is no need to manufacture all new cartridge material.  This is an important step towards helping to make sure your company is green-friendly. You can also take other steps as well, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs or even looking into alternatives like solar or wind power.

  • Consider donating old computers. Another way that your business can make great use of technology in order to help others is to donate old computers that your company no longer uses any more. A lot of businesses replace computers relatively frequently in order to ensure that they have the newest and best computers available to complete business tasks. The old computers, however, may be perfectly usable for those who have simpler computing needs.

There are plenty of places that you can consider making a donation of old computers your business no longer needs. From community centers to schools, your computers could be used to help others gain access to the Internet and to online materials. For more info on how to go about donating computers, visit the EPA’s website.

  • Old cell phones can be useful to donate as well.  Donating old cell phones can also be a good way to make your old technology serve a new and helpful purpose. Even when phones are no longer active, the telephones can still be used to call 911. This means that old cell phones that are no longer in service can be given out to people who may be in danger and who may have a need for these devices. The National Coalition of Domestic Violence is one organization that has taken the lead in organizing cell phone recycling, as these phones can be given to domestic violence victims to help protect them in case of an encounter with an abuser.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is also another organization that you can donate your old phones to once your company is no longer making use of them.  Donating to cell phones for soldiers helps to make it possible for active duty troops and military members who are overseas to have a means of calling home and communicating with loved ones.

These are just a few of many different ways that your company or small business can make use of technology tools that you already have in order to provide help to others.  If you do not dispose of your technology the right way, you can actually do serious damage to the planet as your old computers and old tech equipment could give off dangerous chemicals when thrown away.

Instead of taking a risk that your technology will be harmful, you can look for innovative ways to turn it into something that can help others. Not only should this make you feel good, but customers also appreciate and patronize businesses who have a good reputation for being environmentally friendly and doing their part to give back to their individual communities.

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