Nowadays, we are all more aware of the environmental impact of our actions as we go about our daily routines. A part of that is the knowledge of the damage the ever-changing technology industry can have to our environment. Here at Recommerce IT sustainability is fundamental to our ethos. We are a UK ecommerce business, refurbishing, reusing and recycling IT equipment in an effort to reverse the damage being done.
In our pledge, our sister company, Green IT Disposal has an on-going ESG Sustainability strategy in place to tackle environmental and social issues as well as holding multiple environmental and sustainable certifications such as being ICO Registered and approved by the Environmental Agency, being compliant with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System.
Buying a refurbished product from Recommerce IT is a fantastic way to save money and get a high-end and durable device that may otherwise have been disposed of. Our product range includes laptops, monitors, desktops and other products that have been professionally refurbished by our own team of skilled technicians with the expertise and know-how to provide repairs and upgrades extending the life cycle of IT equipment.
Buying refurbished is also a more sustainable decision for you to play your part in helping to lower e-waste and pollution levels. In this post we are going to explore how we do this and showcase five reasons how you can make sure that buying refurbished IT products is better for the environment.
Energy Efficient Materials
When reviewing the products to buy, look for those that consume the least amount of energy during operation, as this will contribute to both cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint.
Products that have sustainable materials and manufacturing processes is another crucial aspect of choosing your refurbished IT equipment.
At Recommerce IT all parts are inspected for damage at our secure workshop facility in Manchester and they are cleaned and disinfected as dirt, fragments and dust can quickly build up. We then repair all elements down to component level to ensure the products are in excellent condition and make the device good again.
Environmental sustainability extends beyond the laptop itself to include its packaging Choose items with minimal or eco-friendly packaging, as this reduces unnecessary waste and supports sustainable packaging practices.
Understanding and considering the carbon footprint of a refurbished product is an essential step in making an informed decision and an essential element of our sustainable practice ambitions. Reusing IT equipment creates less electronic waste and is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions. According to the 2019 Sustainability Report, reusing a laptop can result in a 36% reduction in CO2e.
Recycle and Reuse
The refurbishment process itself extends the life of the laptop, reducing the demand for new manufacturing. By choosing a refurbished product you are actively contributing to the circular economy, where products are reused and repurposed, lessening the strain on natural resources. Where parts or products cannot be reused, redundant assets are recorded and certified as disposed of in the most environmentally conscious way and in accordance with the WEEE Directive and the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Increased Consumer Awareness
Raising the profile and education about the environmental impact of electronic devices is crucial and as one of our customers we can help you stay informed about the latest developments in sustainable technology, and you can share this knowledge with others. By raising awareness, you contribute to a collective effort to make environmentally conscious choices, fostering a culture of responsible consumption.
By embracing refurbished IT products and incorporating these considerations into your decision-making process, you not only make a sustainable choice but also contribute to a more environmentally friendly future. Our objective is to give you the same experience with a refurbished IT product as you would get when buying new, at a lower price and with an ambition to be more environmentally aware and to make conscious decisions that are better for the environment.