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Eric's Computer Service

Information Technology and Helpdesk Services for Seattle and Tacoma Small Business

Important Note: Eric's Computer Service is now closed.
This page remains published for historical reference.

Commitment to the Environment

Taking care of the environment isn't just good P.R. -- it is good for business.  After all, if we destroy the environment where we sell our goods and services, then we wont have a place to sell our goods and services!  For this reason, businesses have a strong vested interest and in fact necessity to be environmentally responsible.  In more plain and simple terms, in this day and age companies who do not care for the environment will not sustainably prosper.

On this page, you will see just some of the ways that Eric's Computer Service is being environmentally responsible.  For further reading and inspiration on how you can better the environment for yourself or your company, please visit the links at the right of this page.

What we do for the environment:

  • 100% Recycled Paper
    All business communications and invoices are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with Genuine HP toners.  Watermarks on the invoices themselves encourage clients to "continue the cycle."
  • Energy Efficiency Program
    Our internal-use computers are analyzed on an ongoing basis for their energy efficiency, with adjustments made as necessary. Hardware timers, software power-down programs, and remote wake-up systems are in place to minimize the amount of energy wasted. All lighting has been converted to CFL, with plans for even more efficient L.E.D. lighting systems.
  • Supply Chain Environmental Policy
    Preferential treatment is given to suppliers and original equipment manufacturers who can prove that their products and processes are better for the environment. In cases where one company has an environmentally friendly version of a product and another company does not, we will simply elect not to sell the latter.
  • Stringent Recycling Standards
    Production waste byproducts are minimized through stringent recycling standards, where all byproducts are either recycled or can be organically decomposed, with only one exception which is plastic bags.  Unfortunately, plastic is not recyclable in an environmentally friendly manner at this time, so much plastic is currently landfilled.  Negotiations with suppliers will soon commence in attempt to eliminate the plastic problem.
  • Reuse of Equipment (where possible) then Recycling
    All computer components are internally or externally reused until they no longer function, or can no longer provide any useful function, and then are recycled through the TAKE-IT-BACK! Network, and E-Cycle Washington.
  • Eric's Hobbies / Research Projects
    Eric Wagenhals is an avid gardener. Current research projects include growing a Washingtonia Filifera (California Fan Palm Tree) and a Trachycarpus Fortunei (Chinese Fan Palm Tree) in computer-controlled environments.

Some Really Fascinating Links:

  • The Story of Stuff
            By Annie Leonard
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
            By McDonough & Braungart
  • Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash
            By Susan Strasser
  • The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things
            By George Kubler