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Posted in Articles on 07/8/2019

With environmental issues on the rise, more pressure is being put on organisations to take socially responsible steps in order to minimize damage to the environment. In the IT industry, Sustainable IT (aka Green IT) is a phrase used to describe the manufacture, management, use, and disposal of IT in a way that minimizes the damage to the environment. 

Here at PB Tech, we do our best to play our part in a more sustainable future. We put great effort into recycling plastic and cardboard that comes through our warehouses and stores, we package our online orders with recyclable materials, and we play our part in sustainable I.T. by giving devices a second life where possible, and/or disposing of old hardware responsibly so they don't end up in the landfill, leaching toxic chemicals into the earth. 

Why give devices a second life?

If you’re looking to add new devices to your business or school, second-hand PCs are well-worth considering for a number of reasons, with the two most obvious ones being that they're cost-effective and better for the environment. If you don't have the budget to put down thousands of dollars towards new PCs and laptops, off-lease devices are a great alternative option that will save you money! Just because they're second-hand, it doesn't mean you won't get the reliable performance you'd expect out of a new PC. PB Tech's off-lease PCs have been carefully cleaned, tested, and reconditioned to provide the performance you can rely on.

When you give old devices a second life, you're also contributing to a more sustainable future. Where traditionally products are made, used, and then disposed of, using off-lease PCs contributes to circular economy in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, have the maximum value extracted from them whilst in use, before being recovered and regenerated at the end of their life cycle.  There are many benefits which arise from this, all of which apply to New Zealand. Some of these benefits include:

• Waste reduction
• Cost savings
• Greater resource productivity
• Mitigating supply risks
• Reduction of environmental impacts of production and consumption

The 2nd Life Sustainability Programme

PB Tech’s 2nd Life Sustainability Programme takes technology that is reaching the end of their initial lifecycle, and reconditions them so they can begin working like new again and have a second life. Every year, PB Tech takes more than 30,000 devices that would have been disposed and refurbishes them to a high standard so they get a second life in the New Zealand economy as an off-lease device. If your business or school have devices that are near the end of their current life cycle, consider contributing it to our 2nd Life Sustainability Programme. PB Tech will buy old devices that you no longer need, and double the utility of them to the New Zealand I.T economy through guaranteed re-deployment of I.T. devices. And if your devices aren't fit to be re-conditioned and re-used? We can safely dispose of them for you in a sustainable way. Sustainable I.T. disposal ensures that e-waste doesn't up in a landfill, where the toxic substances it contains can leach into groundwater, among other problems. 

Our 2nd Life Sustainability Programme is available on any significant new technology device sold by PB Tech. To find out more about this programme, get in touch with an education specialist.

Buy Off-Lease & Save (Money and the Environment!)

The first thing most people will think about when going to purchase an off-lease PC is how much money they'll save, which is definitely a huge benefit! But if you also like the idea of contributing to a sustainable future wherever you can, it's worth nothing the ecological impact that using a second-hand PC has. Did you know that using second-hand PCs can save up to 25,000 kilowatts hours of electricity? That is the average annual consumption of five households consisting of up to four people per household! 

PB Tech offers the biggest range of second-hand/off-lease PCs and monitors in New Zealand — all of which have been carefully cleaned, tested and reconditioned. That means that when you pick up an off-lease device from PB Tech, not only will you save a lot of money, but you’ll have a solid and valuable off-lease investment that you can rely on! That’s not the only great thing about buying off-lease at PB Tech though — when you buy an off-lease PC, you’re also saving the environment too!

Check out our great range of off-lease devices!

PB Tech has a fantastic range of off-lease PCs and monitors that have all been carefully cleaned, tested and reconditioned. When you purchase one of these devices, you can rely on a solid and valuable investment going into your school (at an extremely affordable price)! All of our off-lease devices come with a standard three month warranty, but these can easily be upgraded to 1 year. Check out some of our most popular off-lease devices below or click here to shop our entire range of off-lease devices.