Digital Pollution, an open secret.

Digital Pollution

Technology is everywhere. It is the most effective way to scale a solution since digital technology is the only tool that can reach millions of people at the same time.

Of course, green solutions are quite numerous when you are a blogger as if you simply wanted to create an eco-responsible website for yourself or your company. But what about minimizing the daily effects of digital pollution? In this way, we can help mitigate these effects as consumers.

Throughout its life cycle, digital equipment has an impact on the environment. Its components are made with a lot of energy, chemical processes, and rare metals. Always keep in mind that the best waste is the one that isn’t generated! As a result, constantly question yourself if the purchase is truly necessary before making a purchase. Is the electrical gadget you want to get rid of still functional? Consider reselling it if this is the case. Recycled appliances are currently gaining popularity. On the other hand, if it no longer works, always remember to properly recycle your electronic waste.

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The impact of sending an email depends on the weight of the attached files, their storage time on a server, and the number of recipients. To lighten up your emails, think about:

  • Optimize the size of the files you stream.
  • Consider using delivery sites instead of sending it as an attachment.
  • Regularly clean out your mailbox and unsubscribe from mailing lists that don’t interest you.
  • Do you need to send a file? You can use a USB stick or opt for services like Wetransfer, which only saves data on the server for a few days before deleting it.


Data storage is increasingly done on mail servers and in the cloud. To optimize your document, video, photo or music storage, consider:

  • Keep only what is useful.
  • Store and use as much data as possible locally.
  • Store only what you need in the Cloud.

Keep in mind that online video accounts for 60% of global data flow and is responsible for almost 1% of global CO2 emissions. So to reduce its impact, consider disabling autoplay in-app settings. Give preference to downloaded music or audio streaming platforms over those with music clips.

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