On the 24th of January, we are celebrating Circular Electronics Day – an international initiative supported by more tahn 20 organizations. This year, the focus is on inspiring people to circulate, or manage their electronics in a sustainable way by highlighting examples of good practice. The initiative is led by the founding organization TCO Development, with handy tips and good examples they want to show consumers that they can easily influence change in our society and promote the transition to a circular economy.
Examples of circular handling of IT products are:
- Extending the lifetime of your IT products. This is the single most important thing we can do to reduce our environmental footprint of using IT technology. By upgrading and repairing our products, we make sure that they last longer. There is a great demand for used IT products, so we can take advantage of the used products market and buy and sell our products there.
- If we want to buy a new product, we can choose products with a certificate of durability that includes reliable criteria and requires verification by third parties.
- Choosing a durable product that lasts longer. Let’s avoid buying unrepairable electronics that we may have to discard after a short period of use.
- Compensating for the climate footprint of our new product’s e-waste either by recycling a product with a similar footprint or by purchasing compensation as a service.
- Do not dispose of your waste appliance in the general waste! Electronics contain valuable resources that can be reused. If the old products cannot be reused or sold, take them to a waste collector, to a local collection center, hand them in to street bins, in a green corner in certain shops, or hand them in on mobile collection occasions.
Anyone can do something. You can try to positively engage your organization by applying for more sustainable electronic products, or start using your own electronics in your own household. Every step towards a more circular handling of e-equipment is a victory for the planet.
Other organizations involved in the initiative are: 3stepIT, ATEA, Chalmers Industriteknik, Closing the Loop, Dell, Dustin, ETIRA, European Remanufacturing Council, Godsinlösen, Greenlyfocus, iFixit, Inrego, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Lenovo, Recipo, Smithereens, Towards Zero Waste, Tradera and WEEE Forum.