Our planet’s ecosystem works on an uninterrupted circular economy where materials discarded in one part feed or enrich another – with humans being an exception. For decades, we have been following a take-make-throw economy as the norm. But fortunately, the growing environmental pressure from the heaps of waste (especially the electronic waste) generated is stimulating governments and societies to look at innovative ways of doing things. Growing awareness and evolving mindsets of people have grabbed their attention towards the circular economy.
But what exactly is a circular economy and how it can help us to treat our electronics more wisely is discussed ahead.
What Is A Circular Economy?
Every time you buy a refurbished gadget, you are helping to create a circular economy. And every time you make efforts to extend the lifecycle of your product either through repair, reuse or recycle, you are initiating a chain of the circular economy.
The circular economy can be called a concept or a protocol which encourages manufacturers as well as the consumers to keep their electronic products (and other things) in circulation for longer rather than following a linear model where things are ultimately disposed. In simple words, circular type of economy promotes reuse, reduce and recycle theory which promotes sustainable development – with refurbishment being a crucial part of the protocol.
How To Achieve Circular Economy?
Electronics manufacturing is one of the most resource-intensive sectors that demand a tremendous amount of energy and raw materials to make a product. During manufacturing, about 70% of the energy used by a laptop in its complete lifecycle is used during the making process. This ultimately increases the environmental footprint of the electronic products.
Hence, instead of investing in manufacturing, if efforts are made to lengthen the lifespan of the product, it can lead to the creation of circular economy.
The first step towards achieving circular economy begins with the repair process. Businesses and individuals should opt for repair option instead of disposing of them. Businesses should develop new business models that repurpose technology and therefore make optimum use of the ICT products.
If repair is not a viable option for your product, next what you need to learn is how the product can be refurbished or recycled. When the older tech gadgets reach a point where they are no longer in the working condition, they should be recycled to recover the valuable materials.
How Circular Economy Supports Sustainable Development?
Technology designers and engineers are keys to achieve sustainable development. While shaping the technology, designers and engineers should focus on decreasing the environmental footprint of the gadget and increase its efficiency and lifespan.
For example, items such as laptops and TVs should be designed in a way that all the components can be disassembled easily in few minutes. The making of components should be simplified so that they can be fixed easily. The focus should be on using least number of components, different materials, fastenings and glue. This in a way makes it easier for refurbishers and recyclers to separate the components apart with the use of basic tools.
A number of leading brands are reforming the ways how their products are designed and made. Take for example Dell, which has adopted a new product development process that incorporates a design which is environment-specific and recyclable. Recently, even Apple has committed to stop mining for iPhone materials at some point in the future.
Hence, adopting sustainable ways of manufacturing and designing electronics is another crucial way to create a value chain of the circular economy.
How Can Refurbished Electronics Help In Driving The Change?
Refurbished electronics are reconditioned in line with the circular economy. Because these are used products that are sent back to manufacturers and authorised refurbishers in order to give them a second life.
An advantage of refurbished electronic is that it helps in bridging the ‘digital divide’. Reports have proved that refurbished electronics have been successful in bridging the digital divide in the economically disadvantaged countries around the globe. Demand for refurbished devices is increasing as they are highly affordable, professionally tested second-hand devices. Additionally, these devices perform as new as the new ones as they are loaded and updated with software and drivers. Even more, their lifespan and efficiency can be doubled or tripled.
Altogether, refurbished electronics are beneficial environmentally as well as economically and are emerging as devices that can be uniformly consumed by every class of people.
Veracity World is one of the most reputed e-waste management companies in the UAE. The protocol of circular economy is the centre of all the operations executed by the company. Since the inception, it follows environmentally friendly ways to repair, recycle and refurbish electronic devices.
The company is an authorised refurbisher that offers inclusive e-waste management solutions to businesses and individuals while focusing on increasing the lifespan of the devices as well as the customer profits.
As far as refurbished electronics are considered, Veracity World’s refurbished supplies are in great demand in Africa and the Middle East. As it stands among those unique companies that make profits and think profits for the consumers while being under the green umbrella.
So, if you have made up your mind to be a part of the circular economy approach Veracity World for a green deal!