What is Sustainable IT?

What is sustainable it?

Sustainable Information Technology (IT) covers the manufacturing, use, management and disposal of IT in a way that minimises its impact on the environment.

To manufacture IT in a way which does not harm the environment it is crucial to explore methods in which we can reduce the number of materials and chemicals during production.

This can be from making more environmentally friendly packaging by cutting down on filler and plastic to ensuring the processes which are used in manufacturing more energy efficient.

Circular Computing™ tackles the idea of Sustainable IT through a product recovery method known as remanufacturing, where existing laptops are disassembled, repaired and even upgraded to be as good or better than new.  

Why does sustainable IT matter? 

With IT being the most used office hardware, it is having a large impact on the sustainability of our planet.

Home working has taken to being the norm and along with it the demand of laptops and portable IT equipment has risen drastically.

Alongside home working, remote learning has become normal due to the pandemic meaning we are seeing an increase in the demand for IT equipment from both companies and schools.

The environmental impact isn’t visible unless looked at long term, it is only then that we realise with 8 hours of use every day a laptop can produce up to 88kg of carbon every year.

This increased demand also adds a strain on our planet as each laptop newly manufactured costs 316kg of carbon emissions, 190,000 litres of water and 1.2 tonnes of materials being extracted from the earth.

Remanufactured IT creates a sustainable approach to laptops, by taking second-hand laptops which are still in working condition and repairing them to be as good as new.

These remanufactured laptops negate the negative impact on our planet that buying large quantities of new brings.

How does sustainable IT benefit you? 

The remanufacturing process often means that a lot of money can be saved, which in turn can be passed onto to the company or end user.

With a Circular Computing™ laptop not only are you able to help save the planet by purchasing carbon neutral IT equipment but you could see a potential cost saving of up to 40%.

Circular Computing’s laptops also prevent the carbon emissions, water use and mineral excavation of a brand-new machine, indicating that it does less damage to the planet.

All of the remanufactured laptops by Circular Computing™ come with a Cranfield University certified rating of being 97% as good as a new laptop, therefore the average user won’t notice the difference between the remanufactured machine and a new one.

To further the good that a remanufactured laptop does, Circular Computing™ invests in 5 trees with every machine purchased to be planted around the world helping to absorb carbon and cool the planet.

This is done in partnership with the charities WeForest and One Tree Planted.

All of these benefits are then paired with up to a 3-year warranty offering a next day replacement available for that peace of mind.

Sustainable IT will become more normal within workplaces as we all aim to lower our carbon emissions and create a sustainable future for the planet.

With savings of up to 40% and a performance that is as 97% as good as new, Circular Computing™ are firm believers that IT shouldn’t cost the Earth.

Written by Nathan Haughton – Marketing Executive at Circular Computing™