Understanding sustainable information technology

IT Procurement - time for a change

Sustainable IT, also known as Green IT, covers the manufacturing, use, management and disposal of information technology in a way that minimises its impact on the environment.

We understand the need for laptops and technology. We do not understand throwing away a perfectly functional laptop simply because it is a few years old and the warranty has run out.


More than 160,000 laptops are disposed of every day in the EU alone

Every year more than 272 million new laptops are manufactured. And every day 160 thousand “old” laptops are disposed of in the EU alone. The result is excessive resource consumption, climate change, pollution and e-waste.

70% of those laptops could be reused.

This would reduce raw materials and energy consumption as well as cut waste production.

The potential for extending the usable life, particularly for computing products, is becoming recognised increasingly by industry experts and corporate buyers alike.

The percentage of e-waste that end up in landfill is too great - a huge amount of the e-waste is shipped to South America, Africa, China and India despite laws in place to forbid this.

In developing countries, local e-waste ‘pickers’ (often children) are exposed to harmful toxins on e-waste sites, causing death in some cases, while the long-term damage to local populations and the environment is still unknown.

“The IT industry has a huge opportunity in terms of reducing its consumption and complexity, and utilising assets more effectively to drive down the carbon footprint.”

Vijay Sankaran, Ford’s Director of Infrastructure Operations

How Remanufactured laptops reduce the IT carbon footprint

To manufacture just one new laptop, a huge amount of the Earth’s resources are used up, adding to the immense carbon footprint of the IT industry.

The unique Circular Computing™ remanufacturing process ensures that not only is the laptop of the highest quality, but it is also a carbon-neutral product and helps to cool the Earth through reforestation, clean energy projects and avoiding e-waste.


316 kg CO₂ emissions

From the mining, manufacture and production of a single laptop, 316 kg of CO₂ emissions are generated on average, all contributing to Global Warming. Our remanufacturing process avoids these emissions altogether by utilising existing computers.


190,000 litres of water

A massive amount of water is used throughout the mining and production process of producing technology - around 190,000 litres is used for just one laptop. This is enough drinking water for over 700 years for the average American.


1,200 kg of Earth’s resources

To manufacture the necessary materials to create each component of a laptop, 1,200 kg of the Earth’s resources are mined and consumed. Remanufacturing not only prevents the consumption of additional resources, but also avoids the e-waste from the disposal of a laptop.


Reforestation projects

Through our support of reforestation projects, we plant 5 trees for every latop you buy. Not only does this help to repopulate woodland, but these trees help compensate for the ‘embodied’ carbon emissions from the laptop's original manufacture and first three years of use.

Sustainable IT manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing means making products in a way that does not harm the environment.

From reducing the amount of materials and chemicals used during production to environmentally-friendly packaging and making them more energy efficient, there are many ways in which manufacturers can impact sustainability.

There are increasingly strict laws that limit the use of toxic substances, levels of pollution and even the amount of energy a product can use.

Circular Computing™ have taken this a step further by remanufacturing laptops. Rather than use virgin raw materials to build a laptop from scratch, we disassemble, repair and upgrade existing laptops to give the original unit a new lease of life.

Because IT shouldn't cost the Earth

We produce leading brand, carbon neutral remanufactured laptops. Our BSI Kitemark™ certified process remanufactures laptops ‘to equal or better than new’, with up to 40% cost savings compared to the latest models and an RMA of less than 3%.