Refurbished IT hardware – helping your budget and the environment

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How buying refurbished electronics benefits the environment

According to the U.N.*, the world produces as much as 50 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) a year, weighing more than all of the commercial airliners ever made. Only 20% of this is formally recycled.
Global e-waste production is on track to reach 120 million tonnes per year by 2050 if current trends continue.
Is this, therefore, the end of the world? Not if you are buying refurbished computers.

Here are the five environmental benefits that refurbished computers provide:

1. Reduces the Impact of Labour and Production

First, manufacturing creates many bad by-products. These include waste, air pollutants, and water pollutants. The large size and cost of labor use a lot of energy.

Constant production and use create a demand for newer products. This leads to the overuse of energy during assembly, creation, and shipping. Overusing energy increases the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

2. Prevents Toxins from Seeping into the Environment

Computers contain several toxic components. Examples include lead, chromium, cadmium, and brominated flame-retardants.

Lead can cause anemia, brain damage, or death. Cadmium can cause lung damage or death if it leaks into the air. Chromium, on the other hand, causes allergic reactions and liver damage.

When discarded computers end up in landfills, they can devastate the environment. This is by seeping into the soil and contaminating the water. These affect plant and animal life, which can be dangerous when consumed by humans.

3. Lowers the Amount of Electronic Waste

Making products 24/7 increases the amount of electronic waste in landfills. Sadly, it raises the risk of toxins and chemicals spreading. For example, rainwater might mix with these chemicals and spread them.

As a result, it will contaminate the groundwater and affect animal and human life.

4. Decreases Demand for Parts and Raw Materials

Refurbished computers reduce the demand for new parts and more raw materials. This means no mining or destroying habitats while searching for rare raw materials.

5. Eliminates the Negative Effects of Recycling

You might not have heard this, but recycling can harm the environment as well. It leads to the overuse of energy and the spread of pollutants as electronic waste breaks down.

Recycling can also be inefficient. This will lead to more waste and chemicals left to harm the environment.
* UN Press Release 24 January 2019: UN report: Time to seize opportunity, tackle challenge of e-waste