What are the environmental impacts of buying refurbished IT equipment?

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What are the environmental impacts of using refurbished IT equipment?

If you’re in the market for IT equipment, you’ve got two options: new or refurbished. Your first reaction will more than likely go for new, right? But after looking at the benefits of buying refurbished; you could change your mind, and for the better!

There are several misconceptions when the word ‘refurbished’ is thrown around that the products will in some way have a defect. However, according to a survey by technology consulting firm Accenture, only five percent of returned electronics are actually defective.

It’s often that refurbished products haven’t even been removed from their original packaging by the consumer. And any defects an item has will be sent to an authorised repair centre for inspection, repair and repackaging.

The environmental impact e-waste has 

Lead, cadmium and sulphuric acid can be found in laptop batteries, beryllium can be found in circuit boards and bromine can be used as a flame retardant in plastic parts. Although these items aren’t harmful when they’re inside electronic devices, they damage the environment during production and when they are destroyed.

Reduces our carbon footprint

160 million laptops are manufactured every year.  A staggering 160,000 laptops are disposed of daily in the EU, 70% of which could be reused. Choosing to buy refurbished over new, you’re helping to extend the IT lifecycle process which will in turn help to reduce the demand for new computers and helps preserve the earth’s raw materials.

You might not be able to see the tangible effects of your decision to buy refurbished over new, but you can take away peace of mind knowing that you’re doing your part to help reduce your carbon footprint as a consumer.



Where’s the best place to buy refurbished equipment?

XPO IT has been a Microsoft registered retailer for over 15 years

Our advice on getting the best quality items? Use a Microsoft registered refurbisher. If you buy privately you won’t always know the condition it’s in which could let you down soon after purchase.

A certified refurbisher will give you the confidence that you’re buying something that has been professionally assessed for performance and safety, so you won’t just get a computer that works as well as something brand new, but you also have the peace of mind knowing that it’s safe and that you’ve stopped another computer going to landfill.


If you’re looking to buy refurbished IT equipment, speak to our expert team at XPO IT. 

The author: Mark Cotterell
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