UK’s Circular Computing goes ‘green’ in laptop-manufacturing for education
Amid calls to solve climate emergency, United Kingdom-based Circular Computing is pioneering the manufacture of laptops where technical materials could be perpetually-recycled.
In the process, Circular Computing claims it is ‘helping schools, colleges and universities make a difference and save millions of pounds’.
Hampshire-based Circular Computing is remanufacturing and selling laptops around the world in response to the increasing demand for governments around the world to support a manufacturing industry where technical materials are designed for perpetual cycles of use.
It is the world’s first ever company to venture into such business.
“We know that education budgets are always tight. Procurement of new top specification laptops in the huge numbers required for staff and students is difficult to justify when finances are subject to public standards of accountability,” said Circular Computing founder Rod Neale.
“But refurbished or secondhand laptops are unpopular whether you’re in education or out in the world of work. They don’t perform like new devices and they certainly don’t look like new, which is why they typically arrive with a three-month warranty,” he noted.
Circular Computing’s “third way” for manufacturing laptops
Neale said that Circular Computing came up with a “third way” by manufacturing top-model laptops back to their original performance, reliability, and brand-new appearance.
At present, Circular Computing employs hundreds of engineers in purpose-built remanufacturing facilities taking latest models from large corporations’ leasing programmes such as HP, Dell and Lenovo, and strip them down to their component level.
Thereafter, the products are equipped with new screens, batteries, polished finishes – inside and out, with all parts that are not defective reused, before being sold at a fraction of the price of new, including a three-year replacement warranty or buy-back.
Laptops a big source of electronic waste
According to the report, more than 160 million new laptops are manufactured yearly amid the soaring internet usage, a rising problem surrounding the information technology industry. It is responsible for 17 percent of electronic waste, with their production depending on many of the earth’s dwindling resources, including rare ‘conflict’ minerals, metals and water.
The IT industry causes the same amount of greenhouse gas pollution as the entire airline industry.
Circular Computing laptops are the first in the world to be carbon neutral. It does not only offset carbon emissions through worldwide clean energy projects but also compensate for legacy carbon emissions by planting five trees for every laptop sold.