Aug 1, 2017 by

Large tech companies are making a positive impact on the industry and their customers in a number of ways. From introducing the latest and greatest gadgets to helping us stay in touch and get our work done in innovative ways, these companies are at the forefront of amazing advancements in technology.

Another way that big tech firms are changing the world for the better is with eco-friendly moves and policies. To learn more about the cutting-edge innovations that these tech giants are up to and, in some cases, how you as a consumer can get in on the action, check out the following examples:


The company that is well-known for its state-of-the-art computers and smartphones is also exceptionally Earth-friendly. Apple was named by Greenpeace as the most environmentally-friendly company, thanks to their low use of traditional energy sources like natural gas, nuclear and coal. The company also scored well in categories like renewable procurement and energy transparency. On a more consumer-direct level, Apple has launched a recycling program that allows people to recycle any one of their devices online or at any Apple store in exchange for an online gift card or in-store credit. You can also take advantage of Apple’s recycling policy if you are shopping for a new and state-of-the-art smartphone like the Apple iPhone 7; they will also allow you to recycle your old iPhone and be part of Apple’s eco-friendly movement. As a bonus, the new iPhone 7 from T-Mobile offers great access to the internet in the form of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which will help you stay abreast of the latest stories on Apple’s green policies.


Google has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the biggest supporters of green energy. Their data centers use half the power of most other companies, and they purchase 879 million kWh of renewable energy each year. Google has also outfitted the Google Street View cars with environmental monitoring tools that can measure air pollution as they drive down neighborhood streets. The mobile sensors can collect data every 100 feet and are providing useful data that shows how much air pollution can vary from block to block.


Cisco is a tech company based in San Jose, California that develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware. Cisco is working hard to increase its use to electricity that is generated from renewable sources, as well as reduce its electricity emissions by 40 percent by the end of 2017. In addition, Cisco is committed to making its products more recyclable and energy-efficient, so consumers can be part of the company’s devotion to going green. Cisco is also working on expanding its conservation efforts within its supply chain and partners.


Intel, the tech giant based in Santa Clara, California, is the Environmental Protection Agency’s top consumer of renewable energy. The National Top 100 list that is put out by the EPA represents the largest green power users in the Green Power Partnership. Intel obtains its eco-friendly energy from a number of sources includes solar, hydro and wind; in fact, it operates 18 of its own solar panels that have a capacity of 7,000 kW right on its main site. In addition, Intel links a part of each employee’s variable compensation plan to helping reach energy efficient goals.

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