Technology is changing the way we save our planet FEATURE

See how Cisco and other companies are using technology for sustainability.

World Environment Day, which happens every June 5th — gives people everywhere the chance to celebrate Earth and learn more ways in which its inhabitants can take better care of it.

More than ever before, technology plays a critical role for individuals, organizations, and brands to help the environment. High Snobiety writes that certain fashion companies are recognizing how their industry is adding to unfortunate trends in consumer and corporate behavior regarding sustainability. Luckily, there are new, more ethical trends in fashion—creating fabrics out of orange peel and plastic, growing leather, embedding odor-beating fibers to reduce water waste, and fading jeans using lasers.

Ocean pollution is a major issue for those discussing sustainability. Anne Field writes that sediment buildup can potentially smother marine life and increase the possibilities of floods. The Microdredger from startup Akabotics performs regular maintenance on the sea floor, collecting sediment and bringing it to shore.

Mashable reports that the Seabin works similarly in this effort—this large ocean bin sucks in trash and debris while floating in the sea. The trash filter is designed from recycled materials, and can catch plastics, oils, and other waste.

Cisco is highly engaged in creating and sustaining a better environment. One of the company's largest efforts is in helping save the rhino from poaching. Cisco has partnered with Dimension Data to supply technologies to survey wildlife parks for poachers. This proactive approach uses Cisco tech like routing and switching, WiFi, local area networks, sensors, biometrics, and more.

This effort between Cisco and Dimension Data is being extended for other animals like lions, elephants, and pangolins. To learn more about Cisco's efforts with Dimension Data, please click here.  


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Stephanie Ellen Chan is the Editorial and Video Producer at Cisco. She has a passion for writing about the intersection of culture, media, art, and technology.