Sustainable IT

  • We have partnerships with the biggest names in the IT sector, including Cisco.
  • The market is experiencing 6-7 month waits as part of Chipageddon. We’re delivering in 4-10 weeks.
  • We recently sourced and supplied Cisco ASR technology to an International ISP. They were advised of a 6 month wait. We delivered in 4 weeks.
  • Our authorised remanufactured technology costs typically 20% less, with the same reliability, warranties and support as new.

Sustainable IT

Where it all began

Cistor was founded 14 years ago by Anthony Levy, our CEO. He started out with one simple aim: to build markets for authorised remanufactured technology.

Back then, Anthony had spotted a problem. Original equipment manufacturers like Cisco were looking for partners to use their remanufactured technology. And the market needed a reliable way to access it.

From a small office in London, Cistor started solving this problem. Matching manufacturers with partners and making authorised remanufactured technology accessible for all.

We’re proud that this early relationship with a global telecommunications provider is still flourishing today. As a key partner to Cisco, we’ve moved from supplying small amounts of refresh stock to sourcing and holding their global inventory.

We do the same for others, too. We help clients across the world to anticipate their requirements. We use our knowledge of the market to find the right equipment. And we have it ready whenever they need it.

Needless to say, we outgrew our small office. Today, Cistor operates from a 25,000 sqm facility in Poynton, Manchester. As well as from Roseville in California and Aalborg in Denmark.

Our founder’s story

Our founder, Anthony Levy, has always seen the potential in discarded technology.

When growing up, he built his own computer from second hand components. The rest, as they say, is history.

60%

Although we sell new products, more than 60% of the equipment we sell is authorised remanufactured technology.

Stepping into more sustainable IT

The hardware that fuels our digital life has an impact on the environment. But what can we do about it? A great first step is integrating authorised remanufactured technology into your business.

Extending the life of your technology aligns with the Circular Economy.

It’s about reusing and redeploying the technology we already have. 

So we can maximise its use, save resources and reduce C02 emissions.

Why we need a more sustainable approach to IT

Reducing the need for mining

The complex technology we use today requires many components. And the resources for these parts are mined at locations all over the world. This is putting a great strain on our natural resources, as well as impacting the local environment.

Large Co2 emissions in manufacturing

The IT products we’re all using are assembled thousands of miles away and shipped across the globe. When you look at the carbon footprint of IT equipment, 80% is created in the manufacturing process.

Pressure on precious materials

IT equipment is made up of a wide range of materials. Metal, copper, plastic – even gold. In fact, it’s estimated that 7% of the world’s gold may currently be found in eWaste. The more products we create, the more we are drawing on precious materials. This is simply not sustainable.

80% of eWaste is not recycled

Every year over 50 million tonnes of eWaste ends up in landfill. And this is set to double by 2050. Yet today only 20% of eWaste is properly recycled. Together, we need to find new ways to lower the eWaste that humans are creating.

eWaste is hazardous to human health

The eWaste we generate is hard to dismantle and recycle. Over time, the toxic substances in discarded technology drains into soil and escapes into the air. Some of these chemicals are now even entering the food chain. To reduce eWaste, we need to use technology for longer.

Recycling is not the answer

Properly recycling our IT isn’t enough. Preserving our planet’s resources, preventing unnecessary carbon emissions and reducing eWaste, requires a new approach. We need to work together to change how we plan, procure and evolve our IT infrastructure going forward.

The benefits of using sustainable IT in your business

Using remanufactured IT aligns with the circular economy. It keeps existing technology in use for longer – and gives you all the warranties, service and support you’d expect from new.
Using remanufactured IT aligns with the circular economy. It keeps existing technology in use for longer – and gives you all the warranties, service and support you’d expect from new.
Your supply chains will be more resilient, as you’re tapping into technology that’s already here. Technology that’s already known and trusted.
Authorised remanufactured IT offers all the benefits of new, but costs around 20% less. Which makes it an ideal alternative to expensive upgrades and infrastructure refreshes.
Want to use sustainable IT for your next refresh?

Remanufactured Technology:
The third R in our 8R approach

The hardware that fuels our digital life has an impact on the environment. But what can we do about it? A great first step is integrating authorised remanufactured technology into your business.

Extending the life of your technology aligns with the Circular Economy. It’s about reusing and redeploying the technology we already have. So we can maximise its use, save resources and reduce C02 emissions.

Remanufacture

If you need an IT solution to provide new capability or capacity, one of the most sustainable and cost-effective routes is to consider remanufactured IT.

Fully-tested remanufactured equipment offers the same product, with the same quality, software and support options as new. It just costs less.

In your IT support contracts, you are already relying on remanufactured equipment as this is nearly always the replacement if something goes wrong with your new product.

Benefits:

Cost savings of 15-20%, 80% reduction of carbon footprint, plus it keep technology in use for longer.

Example: Colt Telecom

We built a blended supply chain to include sustainable technology. This delivered shorter lead times, greater resilience and better value.
At Cistor, we’re helping businesses to procure, use and dispose of technology in more sustainable ways

See how sustainable IT can work for you

Discover how other organisations are already using authorised remanufactured technology – and find out how it can work for you.

Case study: Blended IT solutions for the MoD

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) came to us when they needed to increase their capacity across 7 data centres. Enhanced longevity and resilience were a must.
We analysed the MoD’s requirements in depth and delivered effective solutions with a combination of new, remanufactured and reused technology.
The result? We extended the lifespan of their existing platform by three years, and avoided the e-Waste that would have been generated by buying new equipment. What’s more, using remanufactured components resulted in savings of $15m.

81%

of the energy a computer uses over its lifetime is expended during the building phase. Sustainable IT keeps existing technology running for longer.

We need to grow awareness of how ethically important sustainable IT practices are, of the economic benefits they can bring and the next steps we can take as an industry.

Keri Gilder, CEO Colt Technology Services

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Cistor Limited
Lexicon House
Third Avenue
Poynton
Cheshire
SK12 1YL

+44 (0)20 3435 5555
contact@cistor.com
Cistor US
1010 Winding Creek Road
STE 180
Roseville
CA 95678
contact@cistor.com
Cistor DK
Atletikvej 11C
9230 Svenstrup J
Denmark

+45 73 70 73 19
contact@cistor.com
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