Bring Your Own Carbon Footprint: Eco-Friendly Business Solutions


It may not be as popular as BYOB, but businesses should sit up and take note of the bring-your-own-device craze. Bring your own device, or BYOD, lets employees utilize personal smart phones, tablets and laptops in a work environment instead of relying on company-provided mobiles. There’s ample reason for a company to take advantage of an employee-empowerment mobile plan, including increased productivity and morale, and according to a Cisco survey, nearly 90 percent of IT departments use a BYOD system. There’s more to it than just dollars and cents, however. How can a BYOD plan make a company turn into an eco-friendly business?

Rare Demand For Rare Earths

Nearly every mobile device produced by mankind requires one kind of rare-earth mineral in order to function. Nearly 97 percent of these minerals come from Chinese mines and the vast majority generate a huge amount of population, with a single mine creating 10 million tons of waste water per year, according to National Geographic. By embracing a BYOD platform, a business minimizes the number of mobiles that need to be created, and, in turn, eliminates the waste required to pull each minute milligram of rare earth metals pulled out from the soil.

Make Desktops Dinosaurs

When you can do all the computing you need in the palm of your hand, why bother to utilize a desktop? In the first quarter of a given year, nearly 90 million desktop computers are built and change hands, Gartner reports. Each desktop not only requires more energy and materials than a mobile in order to pull a given website up onto its screen, but also requires that additional source of eco-waste: the desk itself. By integrating employee mobiles, such as a BYOD with BlackBerry feature, a company can eliminate both desktops and desks themselves in order to minimize your company’s waste. These BYOD services let you switch back and forth from work spaces to personal spaces in the phone, ensuring your company data is kept safe while transitioning to a greener way of doing things. The reduction in use of metal, plastic and wood allows that much more space that would otherwise require mining, chemicals and logging.

Energy Use

The raw materials needed to create a computer represent only half of the equation of a carbon footprint. Griffith University reports that a single one of its computers draws between 80 and 250 kilowatts, creating an annual utility bill of nearly $130 if left on continually. By comparison, a cell phone may cost only a few dollars in a single year to power up to a full charge. Not only do mobile devices draw less power, but they have energy-saving functions such as automatic power apps and light sensitivity.

Working Remotely

If a person has all the information they need on their phones, they may have less need to actually go to work each day. BYOD can facilitate telecommuting since all personal and professional information can be found in one spot. Working from home has the potential to cut down on a huge number of environmental problems arising from the carbon footprint that the average American produces in their 25-minute commute time, according to the Census Bureau. BYOD can be especially helpful for “mega commuters” who spend longer than 90 minutes per day in transit to their work.


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