In the past few years, there has been a shift in how we approach the web. The primary concern of people in general is getting information quickly and easily. Even though this is great for browsing the web, it doesn’t lend itself to very responsible data usage, considering that the average webpage today is more than 24 times larger than back in 2003.
If the Internet would be a country, it would be the 7th largest polluter of all countries worldwide, and the numbers are rising. Web surfing is contributing actively to the carbon footprint of mankind. That’s where the idea of sustainable surfing behavior and responsible use of data come in. If you take into account all the things that data can tell you about your environment, then using these resources in a way that reduces your carbon footprint is an excellent first step.
Questions to ask yourself are:
How can we know if the electricity to store and transfer data comes from renewable energy sources or not?
How optimized or unnecessary heavy and slow is the website we are looking for?
Which site is more eco-friendly than another?
There are web-extensions that can show you the details to each site, but wouldn’t it be nice to have these information easily accessible included in an ordinary google search, instead of googling them in the first place…?
We at EcoSurf want to help you, by raising awareness about your browsing habits and digital footprint on the Internet.
Here you can learn about the techniques, we use to rate the websites in your search results.
Don’t just surf the web, EcoSurf it!