Today is Earth Day. It’s a day that people, organizations, corporations, and governments around the world demonstrate their commitment to protect the Earth and help advance a sustainable future. Every action, no matter how small, counts - from eating less meat to recycling or composting to reducing your energy footprint; it all contributes to a cleaner, greener world now and in the future.
Avast users do their part to save the Earth
Since our minds are on all things green this Earth Day, we want to highlight a particular bunch of Avast customers. These Android users simply came to Avast to find a way to save some of their smartphone’s battery power. Little did they realize when they installed Avast Battery Saver on their Android device that together they were making a difference that even we were surprised about.
In the first month that Avast Battery Saver was available, 200,000 customers downloaded and actively used it on their Android phone or tablet. This infographic shows how that cumulative use added up to real energy savings.
Do your part for Earth Day, and save up to 20% battery power everyday! Install Avast Battery Saver for free from Google Play.
At AVAST, our commodity is brain power and electronic bits and bytes, but we still do our part to preserve and protect the environment.
A question that plagues companies like ours, as well as schools, small businesses, and countless households across the world is this:
When electronics get old or lose their usefulness, what do you do with them?
The electronic devices we depend on, like PCs, servers, and smartphones are manufactured from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, that must be extracted and processed. Donating or recycling electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution.
Did you know?
- The original owner keeps a laptop computer for only three years and will discard their cell phone after only 24 months.
- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. (EPA)
- For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
Donate or Recycle: Where to take your old devices
It’s better for everyone if you can find a place that excepts a donation. Look for foundations and charities in your area – but realize that they don’t want to inherit a bunch of junk, so make sure it’s in good working condition. In the US, the National Cristina Foundation will put you together with organizations in your community that reuse technology for people with disabilities, at-risk students, and economically disadvantaged persons.
If you want to recycle, look for a reputable electronics recycling program. In the US, retailer Best Buy has a Recycling Program certified to e-Stewards standards. They even take large appliances. Manufacturers like Dell and Apple have their own programs, so look them up in your area.
Protect your security before donating or recycling
Your computer and phone are filled with personal and financial information. Since identity theft is one of the fastest growing cybercrimes, you must take precautions.