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Circular Computing to work with WWF-UK to roll out sustainable IT procurement

Circular Computing, the global leader in the remanufacturing of laptops, will be working with WWF-UK to help the charity transition to a sustainable enterprise laptop estate, in a bid to continue its carbon neutral trajectory.

 

The deal will see Circular Computing supply 510 remanufactured laptops to WWF-UK complementing their long-term sustainability strategy and meeting the requirements of their sustainable procurement policy.

 

Remanufacturing is Circular Computing’s disruptive process which produces, at-scale, pre-used HP, Dell and Lenovo laptops that are equal to, or better than new. The BSI Kitemark™ certifies that the Circular Remanufacturing Process delivers a laptop that has ‘at least equivalent performance and warranty that is equivalent, or better, than that of the newly manufactured product’.

 

Switching to remanufactured laptops doesn’t just save organisations mountains of capital globally, but it also plays a massive part in eradicating the growing e-waste problem, which is now the fastest growing waste stream in the world (Statista, 2021). Recent reports have highlighted that the mountain of e-waste currently stands at 57 million tonnes a year (WEEE Forum, 2021) and is now heavier than the Great Wall of China.

 

After successfully trialling 50 remanufactured devices, WWF-UK will use this opportunity to embed sustainability across its procurement processes and find suppliers that match its values to drive change across all areas of operations. This change was spearheaded by WWF-UK’s Environmental Manager and backed by its ICT team, which recognises the value that sustainable computing equipment can play in advancing the broader climate change agenda.

 

Rod Neale, Founder of Circular Computing, said: “We’re proud to be working with WWF to help it deliver on its environmental change agenda in the coming years by switching to remanufactured devices. We’re particularly proud to work with such an established and meaningful organisation that matches our values and wants to drive change to create a more sustainable and ethical world. Our offering is perfectly suited for organisations in the charity sector and will deliver tangible impact not just on the bottom lines but on progress with sustainability targets.

 

Neale continues “We set up Circular Computing to bring the same level of consistency in supply scale and condition as the brand-new channel. In this way we can supply all our customers with the most sustainable laptop on the planet and deliver all their technology needs, all whilst not asking them to take any risk on the products’ cosmetic, technical or warranty performance.”

 

Lauren Wiseman, Environmental Manager at WWF-UK, said: “Electronic equipment, although essential to business operations, has a large environmental and social footprint. In our homes we reuse electronics, and many people choose refurbished or preowned tech. Bringing these sustainable consumption practices to the workplace is essential for reducing our ecological footprint and preserving the planet’s natural resources. We hope more businesses will follow suit and give refurbished electronics a try.”

 

Dominic Elton, Head of IT Services at WWF-UK, adds: “We’re delighted to be able to refresh our laptop estate with a truly sustainable, viable product, for the first time, thanks to our work with Circular Computing. We are facing a climate and nature crisis, and WWF-UK is focused on ensuring our own sustainability through procurement, including how we procure for IT. This is another step that will help to reduce our carbon footprint, without compromising on quality of delivery.”    

 

Additionally, as part of the project Circular Computing has bought back nearly 500 laptops from WWF-UK’s estate and will look to put them through its recently launched ITAD programme, to give them a second lease of life through remanufacturing. This signifies a truly circular deal and will equal five additional trees being planted for each laptop in the buyback scheme.

 

About Circular Computing™

Circular Computing™ is the global leader in the remanufacturing of laptops, on a mission to create a more ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible way to buy enterprise grade IT.

Operating from its state-of-the-art remanufacturing facility, Circular Computing has the world’s first and only BSI Kitemark™ for remanufactured laptops, certifying that it produces products ‘equal to or better than new’ as required by the BS standard 8887. Through its 360-point stage Circular Remanufacturing Process, Circular Computing delivers HP, Dell and Lenovo laptops that look and perform like new, all whilst ensuring carbon-neutral processes and end-product.

 

Circular Computing’s remanufacturing process delivers the innovative alternative to ‘new’, going above and beyond a cosmetically improved finish to ensure an intense focus on performance and reliability. Through its support of worldwide sustainability projects, every Circular Computing™ laptop is also a certified carbon neutral product.

 

Please visit: www.circularcomputing.com

 

About WWF

WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in nearly 100 countries. Our supporters – more than five million of them – are helping us to restore nature and to tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. We’re fighting to ensure a world with thriving habitats and species, and to change hearts and minds so it becomes unacceptable to overuse our planet’s resources.

 

WWF. For your world.

For wildlife, for people, for nature.

Find out more about our work, past and present at wwf.org.uk

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