Digital habits

Enjoy more offline downtime

Grab a book, play a board game, take a walk, hang out with the whānau. These things are good for your wellbeing – and produce fewer climate-changing emissions than screen time. Smartphones, data centres, streaming services and networks all need energy and non-renewable resources to be produced and run, generating a lot of climate-changing emissions. They keep becoming more efficient – but demand for data-rich services like videos and gaming is growing exponentially.

By 2025, the world’s digital activity could produce the same amount of emissions as all cars produce today.

Reduce your digital footprint

  1. 1

    Stream at a lower definition

    Video streaming is the biggest contributor to the world’s digital footprint. Help to shave it back, by going old school by choosing a lower definition – you won’t miss much on a phone screen.
  2. 2

    Buy fewer electronics

    Manufacturing a smartphone creates an estimated 66kg of carbon equivalent emissions – 350 times the phone’s weight. Buy only the devices you truly need, keep them a little longer and repair them when you can.
  3. 3

    Switch off the screen

    Use energy-savers on your screens, like ‘sleep mode’ on computers and ‘auto power down’ on TVs. If you just want background noise, use the radio instead.