Monday, March 14, 2011
The Power cables across the world.
Part of my duties at the On the Leesh/What You Can Do office is to help keep things organized. Since we are fast approaching Spring I thought it was time I tackled some tidying up in the office. Working on the What You Can Do Series with the other gals has helped me realize just how much excess stuff we have in our lives.
(Who doesn’t have something that looks like this?)
Since we are a production company we have a lot of technology in our office. We have the usual computers, printers, Internet lines and, phone lines, then we have the not so usual offices supplies: external hard drives, still and film camera batteries, charging docks etc, etc. etc. And all of these items require some form of power. Which in turn means some sort of power cable.
Our office has like 50 or more power cables, each one for something specific and anywhere between 3 to 4 feet long. In our small office alone we probably have 200-400 feet just in power, USB and Firewire cables. And it doesn’t stop there. Every time we have to buy a new external hard drive it comes with it’s own set of power cables, USB cables, firewire cables, usb to firewire cables, and possibly even more depending on the type you have purchased.
(How I store our cables. This is 1 of 2 we have in the office)
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand why each new item sold needs to come with it’s own set of cables etc. but there has to be other companies out there, like us, who already have a plethora of power cables, connectors etc. and don’t need more every time we buy a new product. No one ever has all the drives plugged in all at the same time.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if technology companies could offer greener options like with cables or without cables? How many resources could we save if we didn’t have to get a new set of power cables with every new drive we buy?
In the meantime, I search for options to recycle the old technologies. Here are a few options you might try if you are looking to recycle gadgets, cables etc.
(NYC based company that will come pick up your e-waste)
(Here you can see if they will accepts your used Gadgets for Money!)
(Similar as above)
(This place let’s you know where E-cycling is happening all over the country)