Can Technology Help Save the Planet?

can technology help save the planetTech for Good: Can Technology Help Save the Planet?

Today, our customers and clients are increasingly aware of the way the things they use work.

As a result, people expect the companies they do business with to find ways to create more sustainable products and practices. It seems as though everyone wants to do good and feel good about the impact of the choices they make.

It might seem strange to you that technology could provide the path forward that so many people are looking for.  But a more extensive glimpse at technology may prove this to be so.  Indeed, technology can create a better future for stakeholders while also working to ensure we keep the planet in the best shape possible.

Renewable and Recyclable Materials

One way technology could emerge a hero is through its reliance and usage of recyclable materials. These include items like fibers, metals, and plastics designed to decompose on their own, similar to the bioplastics already available today.

Renewable materials provide another opportunity. One good example is bamboo, which is becoming more prevalent for use in areas like product development and renews itself quickly. Together, renewables and recyclables can help prevent a large amount of waste from remaining at the end of a product’s lifecycle. And it will take technology to optimize our supply chains and help make recycling a standard practice.

As sustainable materials are produced and used more often, we’ll reap another benefit for our planet — there will be fewer chemicals required throughout the manufacturing process. This may help companies bridge the gap to become carbon neutral.

How IT Plays a Part

As new solutions and services are identified and used, IT providers will have a unique role.  IT Services companies may emerge as frontrunners working with businesses to help ensure they are causing the least possible environmental impact with their technology. In addition, IT Services providers could support companies in reaching their specific sustainability goals.

Technology experts already offer a vast array of services; working to help save the planet could be yet another.

Examples in Action

New technologies are introduced all the time, and some of these can help cut down a business’s carbon footprint. Smart glasses are just one example. Products such as these could allow remote workers to be immersed in other sites and locations, which offers carbon savings and reduces travel.

Beyond that, head-worn sensors and near-eye displays may be an excellent way to assist those who are differently-abled. A nearsighted person could use a combination of magnification and adjustable optics to interact with smartphones, computers, and other essential devices more easily. The display will react to motion and voice to create interaction without using motor skills.

Final Thoughts

With more of us working remotely, technology in the SMB space is advancing at a rapid pace and continually being pushed to the limit. It is technology that is enabling us to live where we want, and work where we’re needed.  And it is technology that will allow companies to be able to give back and be a part of something that benefits the overall community.