According to a recent article in De Standaard, more and more people in Flanders (and Belgium as a whole) purchase secondhand items, ranging from clothing to electronics. This growth is of course a step in the right direction to evolve to a more circular economy and a more circular oriented thinking among the general population. Let’s see how CTG Circular fits in this growth and in the circular economy.
The article in the Flemish newspaper De Standaard stated that in the past year, more and more people bought secondhand items, both via official secondhand shops as via online channels such as apps, websites and social media. This tendency towards buying more secondhand items is an important milestone towards a more circular economic model and circular thinking.
Besides the shift towards circular thinking, buying secondhand items has more advantages. When comparing buying secondhand and recycling produces, we see that the ecological footprint of recycling is bigger than that of buying secondhand items. This is because of the fact that reuse avoids the processing costs that come with recycling.
When looking at which products have the biggest ecological footprint, ICT material is among them, together with textile. Did you know that
  • Prolonged use of a laptop for 4 years results in a CO² emission reduction of 109kg (compared to the commissioning of a completely new laptop).
  • Recycling a laptop provides approximately 19kg of CO² ‘profit’.
That’s why we at CTG Circular aim to refurbish as many ICT equipment as possible!
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