Understanding sustainable information technology

We believe that sustainability is about balancing people, planet and profits.

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.


70% of laptop e-waste could be re-used

Approximately 160,000 laptops are disposed of every day in the EU alone and around 70% of these could be re-used.

Reducing landfill waste

No matter the number, 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.


Replenishing the Earth's resources

The Earth can only make a finite amount of resources in any given time. In a single year, at humanity’s current rate of resource consumption, we use nearly double the amount of resources that the Earth can generate in the same time.

In fact, we would need 1.75 Earths to fulfil the current consumption levels - this is also only getting worse. It is predicted that by 2030, we will need two Earths to manage the huge levels of resource consumption by humanity.

Reducing 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Reforestation projects

    Through our support of reforestation projects, we have planted over 125,000 trees worldwide. 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.

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    Clean energy projects

    Through our support of solar, wind and clean energy projects, we are a carbon-neutral company and our remanufacturing process gives you a certified carbon-neutral product.

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    Sustainably remanufactured

    Remanufacturing re-uses all parts that are not defective and gives the device a new look - rebuilt and refinished; inside and out. We replace or upgrade selected components to deliver unrivalled quality.

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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

Leading brand, carbon-neutral remanufactured laptops, offering 97% of the performance of the latest models (from an independent study commissioned by Cranfield University) and up to 40% savings compared to brand new.

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