The Case for Buying Used Technology

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People often dismiss refurbishment when it comes to technology. Everyone seeks the latest and greatest tech products. Many people fear that refurbished hardware isn’t as reliable as a brand new product. However, refurbished technology has many environmental benefits. In fact, in some cases it can be even more efficient than recycling. TechSoup notes that it is “roughly 25 times more beneficial environmentally to reuse computers than to recycle them at 3 to 5 years of age.”

Still need convincing? TechSoup refurbished technology for over a decade and compiled the impact of these actions into an infographic. Take a look at some of the most noteworthy insights they’ve discovered from their efforts.

As a result of their refurbishment program, they have:

  1. Avoided 155,426 pounds of hazardous waste
  2. Saved 129,000 megawatt hours of energy
  3. Saved 17,813,315 pounds of greenhouse gasses
  4. Saved 337,307 pounds of water emissions

What you can do:

So what can you do to contribute to the refurbishment movement? First, donating your old tech to TechSoup’s program can only help continue to grow those impacts over the years. Next, when you’re looking for new technology, consider buying refurbished products. Check out the benefits you’ll reap beyond just helping our earth.

Benefits of Buying Refurbished Tech

The biggest benefit of buying refurbished tech (after its environmental impacts) is the savings. With refurbished tech, you’ll pay 15 to 30 percent less than buying new. Over time, this saving can severely add up, especially if you’re implementing tech upgrades company-wide. Additionally, reputable companies test their refurbished products to make sure they meet certain standards so you don’t have to worry about subpar office tech.

As a B-corp, we’re third-party verified to be a sustainable company.  If you’re looking to go beyond refurbishment, teaming up with companies that put sustainability first is one of the most beneficial things you can do. Check out The Benefits of Having a Green Supply Chain and learn about how our solutions can help you make the most our of your refurbished office tech.