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Becoming more environmentally friendly is something that everyone is increasingly conscious of – with individuals and organisations attempting to reduce their waste, e-waste and environmental impact.

For charities choosing environmentally friendly technology, the options can often be restricted by budget limitations. Here at Renewed, we are specialists in supplying budget-friendly refurbished laptops, tablets and desktop computers to charities across the UK, as well as servers, spares and accessories.

Choose refurbished computing solutions

It has been estimated that each year we generate 40 million tonnes of electronic waste or e-waste. This is the equivalent of throwing away 800 laptops every second! One of the best ways that any charitable organisation can reduce their carbon footprint is to choose to buy refurbished computers rather than buying new technology.

Recycling and reusing technology is a great way to reduce your charity’s carbon footprint. Choosing to buy refurbished computers for your organisation ensures removal of outdated, unwanted computer assets whilst helping to recycle computers and their parts. This article covers in detail how a charitable organisation can make its computing more eco-friendly, without going over budget.

To find out more about our work with charities and how we can help with your computer technology, get in touch on +44 (0) 1428 707900 or email and talk to our expert team today.

What are refurbished computers?

Refurbished, or renewed, computers are machines that have been used and then expertly updated, upgraded and improved to make them perform as good as new. They may have some slight cosmetic marks depending on the grading but will operate efficiently and feature all of the latest updates to ensure they run smoothly. This means your charity organisation can get access to environmentally friendly computing solutions for a fraction of the price.

What are the benefits of buying refurbished computers?

There are many benefits to buying refurbished computers:

– You’re helping the environment. By choosing refurbished computer equipment you are recycling and reusing computers and spare parts, rather than encouraging an old computer to be sent to landfill waste.

– Higher spec IT equipment. Due to the cost savings of refurbished IT equipment versus new, you will be able to purchase higher-spec IT equipment providing your charity with better functionality, a longer lifespan and increased productivity.

– Saving money: Not only are you helping reduce carbon emissions and increasing landfill issues, by buying refurbished, you’re also saving your charity money. By purchasing refurbished computers, you can expect to save on average up to 40% versus buying new.

Why should my charity make eco choices when buying technology equipment?

Many of the core minerals used in computers are in short supply. Reusing computer components, computer hardware and spare parts means that you are reducing the need to mine these minerals, such as cobalt which is used in lithium batteries.

The whole process of making a new computer, including mining, is extremely harmful to the environment, so recycling laptops and computers reduces the overall carbon emissions that come from new technology. Choosing a renewed computer helps to create a more sustainable environment and future for everyone.

Renew computers rather than replace

If your current computer or laptop is running slow or has stopped working effectively, then we suggest investigating repair options before replacement. Taking your computer or laptop to a dedicated computer expert can give you the opportunity to extend the life of your tech, rather than replacing it with a brand new option and sending your old machine to waste. This will also save your charity money, as replacing your tech will cost far more than repairing it.

At Renewed we’re proud to offer an efficient and cost-effective repair service for charities that includes a 12-month guarantee.

We are also stockists of over 20,000 spare parts for Dell, HP and Apple technology, so whatever the fault with your computer or part that requires replacement, from the hard drive or to the power cable, we can help with high quality parts. This again is a far more eco-friendly way of computing, as you’re reusing spare parts that may have previously gone to landfill and extending the life of perfectly good tech.

Computer recycling schemes

If your computer or laptop has come to the end of its life and it cannot be repaired, instead of sending your PC to a landfill, it’s time to look into recycling schemes. This will allow your old laptop or PC to be reused and recycled for spare parts, rather than thrown away and put into landfills, which can cause harmful toxins to be released into the planet, polluting water and soil.

We’re proud to offer an amazing PC and laptop recycling system for charities, where we will take redundant IT off your hands and resell it for you, donating all profits back to your charity.

– We assess your redundant IT assets and discuss the possible resale value

– We take away the tech, remove any data safely and securely

– Refurbish the computers or laptops and get them ready for resale

– Sell the stock and donate all profits back into your charity

In the event that stock can’t be refurbished, we have a recycling scheme so that the tech doesn’t go to waste.

Recently, we worked with the NSPCC to remove redundant IT equipment and donate the profits back to them. We were able to turn their redundant assets into a huge £18,000 donation, which went straight back to the charity to further their amazing work.

Talk to us about refurbished IT

If your charity is looking to become more eco-friendly, or needs to upgrade any computers or laptops on a budget, then please get in touch with our team on +44 (0) 1428 707900.

We’d love to help your charity and offer free, no-obligation quotes, as well as reduced rates for charities.