Play It Again, Samsung

August 28, 2008 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

In previous posts we reported about the growing problem of electronic waste (aka, e-waste) and even how some ‘businesses’ are taking advantage of the recycling process. But, wouldn’t it be better if businesses reinvested in existing technology, upgrading rather the continual cycle of replacement which adds to the landfills and the increases the likelihood of toxins being leeched into the soil?

Enter TechSoup, a nonprofit tech firm, which specializes in refurbishing electronics for re-use. Instead of clogging landfills with more e-waste, eligible corporations now have the opportunity to donate their end-of-lifecycle systems. The equipment is then carefully processed by the firm’s environmentally-conscious refurbishing partners. Once a machine passes through the process, it is loaded with a new operating system, and entered into TechSoup’s inventory. Every system comes ith a 90-day warranty.

To further broaden the scope of their initative, TechSoup recently teamed with technology change management (TCM) provider Redemtech. Utilizing the TCM philosophy, Redemtech is assisting TechSoup to standardize their practices and streamline their business process.

On average, TechSoup services nearly 400,000 nonprofits in 190 countries every month. They have already helped save over $1 billion in technology expenses through the TechSoup donation program.

You can learn more about the Refurbished Computer Initiative here. To read about the environmental benefits of refurbished PCs, take a look at this article on Good Clean Tech.

By briansrapier

[via Good Clean Tech]

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Entry filed under: Business, Conservation, Emerging Technologies, Environment, Information Technology, Informational, Non-Profit, Technology. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , .

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