Circular is a world we’re starting to hear more than ever, and often in new contexts.
We talk about the Circular Economy and hear of it mentioned in new contexts- for example in Circular Fashion, but what does it actually mean? The Circular Economy is regenerative by design, decoupling growth from finite resource use. Its principles are to eliminate waste, keep valued materials in circulation and regenerate nature. In a nutshell, it’s about using what already exists for longer- often through redeployment and reuse.
A circular approach creates a more resilient system that is good for business, people and the environment according to the Ellen McArthur Foundation, a world authority on the subject of the circular economy.
However, there are many areas of daily life where the principle of the circular economy may not have been fully considered and circular electronics is one. Shockingly, we’re throwing away 50 million metric tonnes of electronic waste (eWaste) every year- to put this into context that’s nearly 4,500 Eiffel towers (source TCO Certified). This linear approach to consumption can’t continue.
Today is Circular Electronics Day. Cistor is part of this initiative that promotes a more sustainable approach to IT through the adoption of more circular principles- breaking the pattern of linear consumption.
By keeping electronic items in use for longer we reduce the consumption of finite resources, energy and water.
The manufacturers of IT hardware recognise that there is a huge market for remanufactured electronics and have programmes set up to meet this demand. Cistor was founded on the idea that we must use what we have for longer. That was 14 years ago, today we’re the largest Circular Economy Partner to Cisco, and partner with other leading networking hardware providers, to sell authorised remanufactured IT.
The benefits are clear. Research shared by Cisco suggests that remanufactured products use 85% less energy, water and materials than new. Cisco’s authorised remanufacture programme – known as Refresh– is designed to address just that. What’s more, because Cisco complete the remanufacture process, their remanufactured products are supplied with the same warranties and support as new. This is one of the reasons why Refresh is so popular with our customers.
So, here are 5 ways to take a more circular approach to IT hardware:
We’ve helped many organisations to adopt a more circular approach to IT. We’ve supported a global telecoms company to incorporate over 60% remanufactured technology into their global stockholding for hardware. We’ve worked with councils; helping them to incorporate a more circular approach to their IT infrastructure planning that saves cost, resources and time.
We’re the experts. Over 60% of the technology we sell is remanufactured and our team have global visibility on these supply chains which means we can often deliver remanufactured technology faster than new.