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Progressive Tech: Our Green Story
Guest Author Progressive Tech: Client care and satisfaction, quality service, honesty, reliability, environmental care and responsibility are the pillars on which Progressive Tech is built. 6319 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98115 or 206-525-8324.
Progressive Tech is a company based in Seattle, WA, that specializes in both computer repair and tech support. If you have a problem with your desktop, laptop, or Apple device, Progressive Tech is knowledgeable and experienced and can get your device up and running again. One of the reasons they are so good at this is because they continually seek to be a green and sustainable business, both through their services and their “Re-use-Recycle” attitude. Rather than offering the latest and greatest gadget, they want to help you resolve your current tech situation and get you moving again with as little impact on the environment as possible.
If you are looking for a new computer, Progressive Tech is not your shop. They offer a wide variety of services, such as computer repair, data recovery from damaged or inoperative drives, and consulting expertise for questions, but their shelves are empty of new products. The common phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be reversed to teach us “If it is broke, fix it.” Progressive Tech has taken this to heart as a business model. Most of the time, electronics that are broken can be fixed. If they can’t, the vast majority of their parts can be salvaged and recycled.
Even outside of the services they provide to customers, Progressive Tech demonstrates their commitment to maintaining a green and sustainable business. Their store operates entirely on renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. All of the building renovations that have been performed in their shop have been eco-friendly, including using non-toxic plants, natural wood flooring, and natural fiber carpeting. They implement their green policies on a daily basis by using natural, recycled, and proven environmentally-friendly cleaning products, garbage bags, paper goods, and soaps. Even their vehicles are environmentally friendly, with each company-owned car operating entirely on domestically produced, renewable biodiesel fuel.
The services offered by Progressive Tech take these ideals to an even higher level. When you bring a broken electronic to their store, their first attempt is to fix it. According to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, more than 50% of computers that are thrown away are either still in working condition or could be made to work with minimal repairs. Rather than immediately discarding your device, bring it in and let an expert try to fix it, saving you money while simultaneously easing the damage to the environment caused by pollution and landfills.
If, for whatever reason, you need to replace your current working machine, Progressive Tech has teamed up with a non-profit organization, InterConnection, and can help you get your machine to professionals who will use it to provide world-wide IT training. Donating a working computer can give your machine a second life. InterConnection and Progressive Tech agree that wherever possible, reusing is even better than recycling.
If a computer cannot be repaired, Progressive Tech’s next favorite option is to salvage parts. Usually, when a computer goes bad, the problem lies with a single or handful of parts. The rest of the machine is in good condition and can be used as replacement parts for other computers. With the parts that can’t be salvaged, raw materials such as steel and plastic can be harvested and reused. Only in extreme circumstances does the shop throw something away, and then they do so in the least environmentally damaging method possible.
Similar to their relationship with InterConnection, if you have other electronics that you want to get rid of, Progressive Tech works closely with Total Reclaim Inc., which specializes in environmentally friendly methods of electronic waste disposal. This allows Progressive Tech to help you recycle TV’s, microwaves, batteries, and light bulbs, among other things.
Progressive Tech is a rarity in the electronics industry. Companies producing the various devices available to consumers are very concerned with developing the latest and greatest, but they seldom take time to manage the waste that is produced by these replacement techniques. Progressive Tech does the opposite by taking what consumers already have and attempting to prolong the electronics’ life. They work diligently and consistently to maintain their green and sustainable business and encourage their clientele to do likewise by looking to first fix, then reuse, then recycle.