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A Sustainable Christmas

Posted by Michael Finucane on

A Sustainable Christmas

 

Christmas …Shop Smart!

Let’s be honest: Christmas shopping for presents, food, drink and clothes puts a huge strain on everyone. The average household in Ireland this year will spend almost €2,700 on gifts alone and the total market is worth around €4.65 billion … which is hugely positive in terms of jobs sustained and taxes collected … but it is also a lot of unnecessary packaging waste, transport and manufacturing pollution, not to mention stress!


And what we want as a society seems to be changing. I’m looking at lots of posts on Social Media from friends and family asking each other to consider what wrapping paper is recyclable, if their tree is from a sustainable forest, whether crackers full of plastic toys that are immediately binned is necessary. And this is not humourless posturing… these are small, but important changes that will make a difference to our environment and equally important, how we feel about ourselves.
The first step to sustainability is ‘Reuse’ and in Ireland we switched onto this a long time ago. We have history of thinking outside of the box and have actually been putting our money into this for years … long before it became fashionable or VSCO friendly to be seen doing it!

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What You Should Know About Getting the Best From Your iPhone

Posted by Dawn Williams on

What You Should Know About Getting the Best From Your iPhone

Can you remember 11 years ago when Apple did this totally mad thing and released a phone?  It seemed like a gimmick – completely cool, but something that they were going to move on from.  Little did we know as we gazed in awe at its delicate glass surface and sleek metal case, as we watched the screen rotated as we moved the phone around that a new era had begun!  Suddenly the Blackberry looked very old and clunky.

And though we all ‘know’ how to use our iPhones, there are some really clever hacks that work like magic!

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Some thoughts from our founder!

Posted by Michael Finucane on

Some thoughts from our founder!

Our Founder has thoughts...

Michael Finucane, founder of Smartspot, has been Re-Using and Re-cycling for a long time! As a co-founder of Gamesworld, with his childhood friend, they turned their big idea and small investment into a national chain, eventually bought out by the American giant Gamestop. After almost twenty years of perfecting the trade-in model for Computer and Video Games and Hardware, in 2012 he decided to switch direction, forming Smartspot, which began trading in March 2013.

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Why Your Company Should Use Re-Used Technology? Are You Throwing Away Your Money!

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Why Your Company Should Use Re-Used Technology? Are You Throwing Away Your Money!

Working practices have really changed over the years and smart companies use smart practices; be it working from home, remote working, being in the field, flexible working hours, being on call and lots of other permutations that allow companies and their staff to enjoy a more productive modern working environment.  What all these practices rely on however, is being in touch and a company smart phone is an essential part of most people’s ‘tool box’! However, this can be a significant outlay for many companies … when you can buy a Notebook laptop for under €200, it is incredible that...

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Throwing Money In The Drawer

Posted by Michael Finucane on

Throwing Money In The Drawer

Throwing Money In The Drawer

56 million second-hand phones were sold in 2014 globally … five years later and the figure is 150 million;

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