Denmark Plants Trees is a partnership between TV 2 and the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, with a live show hosted by Puk Elgaard and Mikkel Kryger and featuring entertainment and fundraising akin to the likes of Comic relief or Children in Need here in the UK.
The goal of the initiative was to plant a million trees– deciduous species such as oak, beech, and birch – across eight different regions of Denmark covered by TV 2. These trees will create new “Folkeskov” – Folk forests, or forests for people. While the total is currently just show of that figure there is still time to donate at http://danmarkplantertraeer.dk/
Of course the benefits to the environment of tree planting are well known and as such Circular Computing were happy to support the event as sponsors alongside our partners Elitecom. We feel this should be an event that takes place around the world. Maybe we can look forward to a “Britain Plants Trees” televisual spectacular in years to come?
It won’t be business as usual this Friday as thousands of people leave their workplaces to
take to the streets for what is being billed as the world’s largest climate strike.
Inspired by students all over the world, workers in around 150 countries, including Amazon, Google and Facebook have pledged to walk out on the 20th September to join the students in the streets over their employer’s ‘lack of action’ on climate change.
Some organisations have taken it further and are allowing their employees to take the day out to strike. This includes organisations such as Lush, Patagonia, Keepcup, Ben & Jerry’s and Amnesty International, all enabling their employees to join the global strike whilst encouraging other businesses to do the same.
Research has shown time and time again, that the younger generations, who will inevitably become the majority of each workforce, are likely to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable brand, and the same goes for finding their employer. Recognising your organisation’s impact on the environment will go a long way with your customers – and indeed your staff.
We at Circular Computing are in full support of the cause that millions of students and workers are striking for today. We hope the people with power hear you and invest in ethical, sustainable and circular solutions.
The issue of climate change is at the heart of why Circular Computing exists. It was the driving force behind our passion for creating the world’s first truly sustainable IT.
It takes 1.7 tonnes of materials and around 190,000 litres of water to make one new laptop, with an average 380kg of CO2 released during its production. So an organization buying 5,000 brand-new laptops for its workforce will contribute 1.9 million kgs CO2 into the atmosphere. Yet e-waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream.
The stark reality is that while our gadgets and hi-tech tools are often falling in price, they are costing the earth.
Half the world’s economic powers are corporations rather than countries, so businesses are in a unique position to make a real difference in terms of supply chain and product sustainability. Which is why this mass expression of global solidarity with the message to save our world could be so important.
If you’re reading this on Friday at work, don’t fret. Simply sharing your support with your colleagues or on social media can help spread awareness and understanding. At Circular Computing, we are still in the office and trying to make a difference in our own way, as we do day in, day out.
Following our recently launched partnership with Omega, Austria’s largest domestic IT distributor, the full range of enterprise grade sustainable IT has now arrived in Austria. This includes the introduction of two new models, the HP 840 G2 & G3, available first in Austria with Omega.
For the first time, IT procurement professionals, business managers and schools in Austria can now get great value for money, enterprise-grade laptops, knowing that they are also the world’s most sustainable, ethically produced and eco-friendly computers available.
Green ‘as new’ IT
Over 160 million new laptops are made every year, using critical natural resources and significantly contributing to carbon emissions and climate change. 160,000 laptops are disposed of every day in the EU alone resulting in million tons of e-waste, yet 70% of discarded laptops could be re-used.
Using a circular economy business model, we take thousands of ex-lease computers from large corporations every month. These then go through a rigorous 5-hour remanufacturing process during which they are dismantled, cleaned, repaired, upgraded and refinished in our state of the art, purpose-built remanufacturing facility.
Helping save money and the planet
Organizations across the world which opt for these have already saved millions of dollars, while helping to save the planet.
Omega was chosen to spearhead the drive for Circular Computing in the country as they have demonstrated a passion and a vision of a better future for people and planet.
Günter Neubauer, CEO Omega, commented, “Circular Computing’s affordable and ecologically sound laptops are globally recognized as a world first. We’re delighted to bring them to the Austrian market.”
“There has been increasing demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable IT infrastructure in our portfolio. IT disposal costs represent considerable expense for businesses, while re-usable materials are dumped at great cost to the environment. So Circular’s sustainable IT is a win for us, a win for our customers and a win for the planet.”
Omega Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H. is an owner-managed Austrian company that offers everything to do with modern IT throughout Central Europe, including peripherals: whether as a leading IT wholesaler of all well-known manufacturers or as a provider of IT solutions in the corporate sector. This enabled Omega to achieve total sales of 301 million euros in the financial year 2018/19. The company relies on 28 years of competence and know-how, around 85 highly qualified employees and its own service and logistics centre in Vienna.
Further information can be found here.
Two students from Brockwood Park School in Hampshire have embarked on an epic 3,000km challenge as a call for action against climate change. Classmates have helped Finn Cameron-Turner and Tereza Deminova, aged 17, to hand-build a 16ft, wooden, double-ended, clinker sailboat which they are sailing and rowing through 10 different countries, from the North Sea to the Black Sea, and the final destination of Tereza’s home town of Sochi, Russia with the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Finn and Tereza’s 3-month+ challenge aims to draw attention to the climate crisis, and by immersing themselves in nature and different cultures of the world, they will be showcasing the benefits of sustainable travel to other young people.
After hearing of their story, we have decided to sponsor their challenge with €2,000 funding and 2 laptops, enabling them to document their adventure with an online blog and series of videos so that they can share this educational and practical learning experience. We will also be planting a tree for every 10km that the pair travel on water.
We will be sharing their videos and blog posts along the way, so be sure to keep an eye out and spread the word about these inspirational young people. We wish them all the best on their journey and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes them.
Best of luck, Finn and Tereza!
We value your thoughts and opinions and would welcome further support & ambassadors to the Circular Computing™ cause.