How Can I Contribute to a Circular Economy?

How Can I Contribute to a Circular Economy?

The world is developing at an extremely high rate, and the need for resources is taking its toll on our environment. The way we are currently living will not be sustainable in the future. We need to consider new ways we can behave to reduce the impact we are having on the environment. One of these ways is by changing the model we use with regards to using the Earth’s resources.

What is a linear economy?

This is the current model we are using. It is based on a ‘take-make-waste’ approach, which means we extract raw materials from the Earth, use these to manufacture a product which is then thrown to waste once the lifecycle ends. It is estimated that 99% of things that people buy are disposed of within 6 months of purchasing it, without the materials being recovered or reused [1]. This is an incredibly wasteful way to live. If we continue living by this linear economy, the world will not be able to sustain itself.

What is a recycling economy?

This is the next step up from a linear economy. The idea behind a recycling economy is that materials that otherwise would have gone to landfill will be recovered. This type of economy allows the lifespan of the materials to be extended until they ultimately go to waste. This does not require the consumer to change the way they buy products. Instead it relies on manufacturers and waste management organisations to change how they work. For example, they should look at manufacturing products out of the same type of recyclable plastic to reduce having to separate them at the recycling stage. Although this process is more environmentally friendly than simply disposing of waste and it being sent to landfill, it still uses lots of energy and so produces carbon emissions.

What is a circular economy?

A circular economy builds upon the recycling economy, by changing not only the way manufacturers work, but also by changing human behaviour with regards to consumption. It aims to close the loop by designing products and processes to allow the lifespan of the product to be extended and by changing people’s opinions towards reusing products. By retaining the functional value of the product, it can be repaired or refurbished to be resold and reused. As a result, this reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, and reduces the carbon emissions produced by extracting raw materials to produce new products.

 

 

 

 

 What can I do to contribute to a circular economy?

1 – Don’t always buy new products

Firstly, purchasing brand-new IT equipment is very costly. On top of this, it is very bad for the environment. Extracting the raw materials to manufacture new products emits carbon emissions into the atmosphere. One way to solve this, would be to buy refurbished IT equipment. Here at Servers and Spares, our products are refurbished goods, which means we are sending less to landfill. Not only this, but we can provide lower prices for the goods than if you were buying brand-new. By buying refurbished equipment, you are helping to extend the life of the item and helping to close the loop.

 

2 – Sell your old IT equipment to us

It can be difficult deciding what to do with your used IT equipment. With lots of things to consider, such as data erasure, it can feel like the easiest thing to do is just throw it away. One thing you should consider though, is selling it on to a company who can go on to refurbish and resell it. Not only can you get some cash for your unwanted goods, but you are stopping it from going straight to landfill. Servers and Spares will offer great prices for your goods and refurbish them to sell on to others so that they can also contribute to the circular economy.

If you need any IT equipment and want to be more environmentally conscious, give our sales team a call on 01423 206640. They are happy to answer any questions you may have to help you contribute to the vision of a circular economy.

 

 

[1] https://www.getrichslowly.org/the-story-of-stuff/

https://www.circularonline.co.uk/research-reports/what-a-sustainable-circular-economy-would-look-like/