Comment réduire ma pollution digitale

How to reduce my digital pollution

You are aware that the internet is a tool that pollutes enormously because of its use, which consumes electricity, electronic devices and data storage...

Thus, if the internet was a country, it would be the 3rd largest consumer of electricity in the world after China and the United States? This is called Pollution 3.0.

Because we all have a role to play in helping to reduce digital pollution, Bonsaï has concocted a summary of the small daily gestures that we can all implement. Let's go !

12 billion emails sent per hour

For starters: deleting unnecessary emails. Like for example spam, old conversations, advertisements… In short, deleting everything you no longer need will already considerably reduce your digital pollution.

You can also delete your old unused email addresses, as these continue to receive emails and therefore consume energy.

Sending an e-mail already pollutes on its own, so sending an e-mail accompanied by a heavy attachment pollutes all the more! To do this, you can compress the file you want to send in the email or use a free tool to send them such as Smash, WeTransfer or TransferNow.

140 million internet searches per hour

To reduce the number of searches that spend a lot of electricity, it's simple: you have to be very specific in your request, for example "natural biodegradable bonsai chewing gum" instead of "chewing gum" to find our sweets 100% biodegradable bonsai , or type the website URL directly.

For a website you visit often, add it to your favorites so you don't have to start a search.

As you probably already know, there are many eco-responsible search engines: Écosia, Lilo or Écogine. These 3 tools aim to act for the environment: by planting trees for Écosia, by donating their income to finance social and environmental projects for Lilo or even by donating for associations fighting for the environment for Écogine.

Video playback accounts for 60% of global internet traffic

Watching streaming video consumes a lot, for this we advise you to download the video you want to watch. And yes ! Even if it sounds crazy, downloading is less energy-intensive than streaming.

On a small screen you can lower the quality of your video, you just have to go from a quality of 1080p to 720p to reduce your consumption and yet you still remain in high definition!

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