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Nowadays the technology is advancing with a tremendous speed. If you turn around you can see different more or less useful gadgets, powerful portable computers, smartphones and all kinds of things our ancestors couldn't even imagine. However, the smarter our appliances are, the more fragile they become. That statement particularly applies to the computers and TV screens at home. You can't just grab some paper towel or a sponge and wipe the screen down. On the contrary-they require special attention. You can either buy a special cleaning detergent or continue reading and make your screen shinier than ever in few easy to follow steps. You can prepare a homemade cleaner just by using equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Always remember that you have to spray on a cotton towel and never directly on the screen. As we have mentioned above paper towels are totally inappropriate for cleaning a screen unless you want to make scratches. Before you start the procedure you'd better turn your devise off so you can easily see the fingerprints and spots on the screen. Using a soft rug (for example a microfiber one) is the best solution but don't put too much pressure while cleaning as it might result in pixels damage. Don't close the lid before the monitor is completely dry otherwise it will leave marks. If you are not willing to use the homemade cleaner, the best thing you can do is to buy the so popular canned air. It is thought to be the most common, powerful and harmless method to get your screen spotless. Apart from performing miracles with your screen, keyboard and the computer in general, the canned air can also be used in the kitchen for dislodging food particles and even for removing the pet hair, stuck deep into the sofa. It is a good idea to buy one of those cleaning kits as well. You will find all the necessary cloths and sprays for the cleaning of your TV or computer gathered together. The fact that they are proven and you know that it actually works is reason enough to trust the commercials and get one although according to the saying “All that glitters is not gold”. Many people are likely to clean their monitor exactly the same way they clean a mirror. Wrong! The LCD screens are so delicate that even a rougher cleaning cloth can cause damage. You can use the vinegar, ammonia and the baking soda to clean almost any angle of your home but under no circumstances should you use them to clean the screen as they contain some really harsh chemicals. Apart from the smartphones the portable computer is the other electronic devise we use every day so it should look clean and neat. Performing those steps means that you will enjoy your device for the years to come. Connie Jameson owns a company that provides London domestic cleaning and uses only eco- friendly and non-toxic detergents.
Smartphones and portable digital assistants play a significant role in our daily lives, in the fulfillment of our businesses, communications, and entertainment needs. However, these gadgets carry some negative impacts on our beloved planet. By frequently charging our mobile devices, we are vehemently exhausting our non-renewable energy. The moment we upgrade to the latest trendy tech pieces, our existing handsets will just contribute to the proliferation of electronic wastes on our landfills. As part of our environmental awareness, the best option we have is to opt for greener devices. If not 100% ecological, at least it’s made up of non-toxic substances, complies with the international energy standards, and biodegradable packaging. For this entry, we’ll give you the indicators that a smartphone is not eco-friendly. Low Quality Battery Life If your smartphone doesn't last a day of operation despite of moderate usage, it isn't a green gadget. By using this type of phone, you’ll be spending more electricity on a day-to-day basis. But, since mobile devices these days are feature-packed, it’s not really surprising if you need to recharge your juice more than twice a day, with continuous voice calling, web browsing, and music playback. According to Verizon, at least your phone should include an “energy-efficient charger that knows when the phone is fully charged and automatically reduces the draw of electricity.” Contains Toxic Materials Nature-inspired cellular phones doesn't have harmful elements inside. It shouldn't have mercury, PVCs (polyvinyl chloride) and BFRs (brominated flame retardants). These substances when released to the environment upon disposal becomes contaminants. PVCs are commonly found in plastic phones, since it’s the element used to create cheap mobile casing. BFRs, on the other hand, are agents used to inhibit fire production caused by gadget overheating. Check your mobile documentation if they used toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, and polybrominated biphenyls as these are harmful elements not only to the environment but also to the user. Doesn't Have A Biodegradable Packaging A mobile device that comes with a 100% biodegradable packaging is a green one. If your phone comes with a plastic packaging, its company doesn't have a green initiative. These containers when not recycled, will just add up to the pile of non-biodegradable garbage in landfills. It takes them thousands of years to decompose. On the other hand, paper boxes decay faster upon disposal, and doesn't bring any further harm to our planet. Doesn’t Comply With International Energy Standards Greenpeace released a greener electronics guide, which states that all items should comply with the international energy standards. These items were approved since they don’t emit too much greenhouse gas and proven to be power-efficient. They also have minimum levels of radiation. If your phone’s documentation or packaging doesn't boast of an Energy Star Logo, then it’s because the gadget didn't comply with the requirements provided by the firm. Shorter Product Warranty A nature-inspired product should last for a long period of time and this is an important criterion that you should consider when purchasing any electronic device. Gadgets that have a longer product warranty have longer life span, since it doesn’t break easily, which means less reason to change a device. In opposite, products with shorter cycle are usually made of cheaper materials such as plastic that cannot be sent to recycling facilities to create a new one. These are some of the pointers that you should seriously consider when purchasing a mobile device, as part of your environmental awareness. Electronic wastes, according to a 2013 EPA report, have predominantly reached an alarming rate of almost 2.4 million tons in the United States alone. By owning a green product, in a small way, we are battling against the deterioration of our beloved Earth. What other criteria should we look for in a green smartphone? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sookie Lioncourt is a British tech writer who is fascinated on technological innovations. She is a self-confessed environmental advocate. Some of her influences are Al Gore and Greenpeace. She loves covering green initiatives of various companies. Follow her on Twitter and connect with Sookie via LinkedIn