The Green Life
Daily tips for doing good and
living well from Sierra
magazine
Whether you’re a pro or just a weekend shutterbug, photography is an
excellent way to get close to nature and share its beauty. This week’s tips are
about how to make each *click* eco-friendlier.““““““`

Tip #1: Recharge

Given the waste problems of traditional batteries, it’s good news that most cameras now come with rechargeable batteries. To keep your device fully charged even during remote backpacking trips, try a solar-powered camera bag or battery pack. If you have to use old-fashioned batteries, dispose of them properly by finding a nearby recycling center.

Tip #2: Choose your camera wisely.

While film cameras have a certain nostalgic charm, it really is time to switch to digital. Film cameras produce more waste, thanks to the water, electricity, and hazardous chemicals needed for film development. And we probably don’t have to tell you this but, disposable cameras are pretty wasteful too. Though if you’re in a crunch and cave in, remember to drop it off for recycling.

Tip #3: Share photos in smarter ways.

Polaroid

Tip #3: Reduce waste.

If you have yet to join the internet photo-sharing world, know that it’s easier, faster, and greener than printing out all your pictures to show friends and family. If
you’re still printing photos, though, consider using recycled photo paper. Stuck with an overload of prints? Reuse them by slapping a stamp on the back and turning them into postcards.

Tip #4: Give old devices a second life.

When it’s time to upgrade, you don’t have to throw your camera out. If it still works, you can donate it to a charity or youth program. To recoup some of your investment, try Best Buy’s trade-in program for “gently used” electronics, or organize a recycling fundraiser with Ecophones.com. If your camera has truly bitten the dust, look into whether your manufacturer takes back used products (Canon does) or recycle it at Staples.

reprinted from Sierra Club

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