Can you save the world with your old laptop?

Every time you buy a new laptop, you’re certain of one thing – in two or three years, it’ll be heading for the scrapheap and you’ll be buying another one. It’s the nature of things. Mobile working is here to stay, making this a pattern repeated in businesses everywhere. But what effect is this having? And it there an alternative to it?

Why such short lifespans?

Planned obsolescence is one aspect, with must-have new software driving the need for newer hardware. Moore’s Law is another, enabling more processing power to be packed into smaller, lighter laptops. In real terms, when it comes to mobile working, no one wants to lug a heavy, bulky laptop around and waste time as it struggles to deal with power-hungry apps. There’s no business sense in that, so upgrade cycles and a heap of electronic waste (e-waste) are an unavoidable reality.

How big is the electronic waste issue?

In the EU alone, 8.7 million tons of e-waste are produced each year, but only 2.1 million tons are collected and recycled in a controlled system1. So where is that hidden ‘scrapheap’ of old laptops and other e-waste? It’s hard to know, but there is evidence that some of it goes illegally to Africa and Asia, to local buyers who want to resell the metals inside. These (such as lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium), are hazardous and can cause serious environmental problems unless properly treated.

Is this the price of progress?

Does the pursuit of productivity and efficiency on the move have to come at a cost to the planet? Is there an alternative for businesses with a conscience that want to be part of the solution, not the problem? And what about those with a sharp eye on profit margins and tight hand on the purse strings?

Refurbished laptops are a viable alternative

Today, we have the technology to take ageing laptops and turn them into devices fit for today’s demanding mobiles workers. And there are plenty of reasons why more companies should do this, not just to protect the environment. But also because preconceptions about refurbished computers may mean many businesses simply don’t investigate all the benefits. So, let’s ‘refurbish’ them with the facts on cost, quality and security.

T1A – Europe’s leading name in ‘better than new’ computers

One company well placed to extol the virtues of refurbished laptops is T1A.
With the typically progressive outlook Scandinavia is known for, T1A has 20 years of expertise in sustainable IT, taking in e-waste and turning out high-quality business-ready computers. And at a price that can save you money, compared to buying a new laptop.

Greener, cleaner laptops

The figures speak for themselves. When you buy a laptop from T1A you save the environment 195kg of CO2 footprint – the equivalent to what 9.907 trees absorb in a day or removing 34 cars from the roads. Not to mention the reuse of rare-earth metals found in e-waste.

Rebuilt to last – high quality all the way

Quality matters, which is why T1A only uses top quality, business-spec models from well-known brands, such as Lenovo, Dell and HP. This is the starting point. T1A’s computers go through a rigorous 20-point refurbishment process. It includes identification removal, thorough performance testing, renovation and cleaning – inside and out. T1A’s laptops also come freshly installed with Microsoft Windows, a bonus of buying from a Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher.

100% auditable data erasure

When it comes to security concerns over accidentally inheriting data from the laptop’s previous owner, T1A will obliterate them. Data is deleted using ‘Blancco’ – the world’s best and most certified data deletion tool. Then the drives are checked by technicians and certified for 100% data erasure.

Box fresh and guaranteed

If you thought refurbished laptops were a gamble, falling short on the backup given with new machines, think again. Each T1A computer comes with a 24-month warranty – just one more reason why businesses don’t lose anything by buying refurbished rather than new. Finally, each laptop is sealed in T1A’s own original packaging, ready to offer mobile working with greener credentials.

It’s clear to see that the T1A approach has several business advantages, coupled with obvious environmental benefits – something that will be increasingly important to businesses and consumers alike. So, next time you’re weighing up the costs of upgrading your laptop fleet, it may prove more prudent to go the T1A route by buying ‘re-furb’ instead of all brand new.

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