Sustainable Technology: Help Save The Planet With A Refurbished Computer

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For the growing number of people in the world who are shopping for sustainable products, buying a refurbished computer is something that you should consider.

If people are serious about saving the planet, then we need to look at how we purchase and consume technology. We need to be more aware of the environmental costs of production and the long-term impact of disposing products that require a lot of energy and resources to produce.

This blog provides three great reasons why you should consider purchasing a refurbished computer.

Top 3 Ways That Refurbished Computers Will Save The Planet

1. No new manufacturing requirements

Four-fifths of the energy a computer uses in its lifetime is from the manufacturing process. By eliminating the need for a factory to make a whole new computer, when a refurbished one would work just as well, means you will be doing the environment a huge service.

A sustainable electronics retailer helps put the production of a new computer into perspective. “From extracting minerals, washing and processing them, shipping the finished devices, and even powering them up, there is a hefty debit on the environmental ledger before a brand new device is even opened.”

2. Avoid sending products to landfills

Man sorting old technology in Asia

Imagine if every piece of technology that was bought brand new had a second life once the original owner was finished with it. That second life would have a huge impact on how much technology gets dumped into landfills each year.

This may come as a surprise to you, but humanity generates around 40 million tons of electronic waste every year, worldwide. That’s like throwing 800 laptops every second!

Most of the global electronic waste ends up in Asia or Africa, and people in those countries recycle it by hand which exposes them to environmental hazards. This reality also highlights the reason why it’s important to drop off your used electronics at one of the many recycling centres across Ontario.

3. Lots of life left in a perfectly good product

The average person keeps their laptop for 2.5 years. The reason people upgrade to a new personal computer after such a short amount of time tends to be because their device begins to slow down.

The reason for a device slowing down is generally because of the software. There is either too much stored on the computer or it’s not working efficiently. Refreshing or cleaning up the software, as is done when a computer is refurbished, will make most devices run with great efficiency.

If you want to be a sustainable consumer, check out the Refurbit ecommerce store. Should you have any questions about sustainability or finding the product that’s right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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