July 29, 2015
Students need mobile technology to succeed, but with that comes a high price tag for many parents. One way to cut costs is to buy fully refurbished electronics devices identified as “R2 Ready for Reuse.” Quality refurbished products can perform just as effectively – and at significantly less expense – as brand new devices. When purchasing refurbished electronics, however, it is important to do your homework – not all refurbishers are alike.
Buying products identified as “R2 Ready for Reuse” from an R2 certified refurbisher allows consumers to shop with confidence for refurbished products such as laptops, tablets and replacement cell phones. “R2 Ready for Reuse” signifies that each device has been thoroughly tested, refurbished, and installed with new licensed operating software. While many refurbishers claim to sell quality devices, R2 Certified refurbishers prove it by undergoing rigorous, annual inspections to ensure that they adhere to the highest industry standards for testing, repair and data security.
“Many businesses routinely replace their computers every two to three years, but the computer hardware is actually built to last much longer,” said Patty Osterberg, education and outreach director for Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI). “A refurbished computer that has been tested and updated with new licensed software can be expected to be reliable for a number of years. It’s great that consumers and business owners can have access to this quality technology without the high price tag of a new device.”
R2 Certified refurbishers offer a wide of array of computer features and price points. R2 certified refurbishers also provide a product return policy, and some even offer warranties of up to a year – similar to that of a new product.
“In addition to helping your budget, buying refurbished electronics helps the environment,” added Osterberg. “Last year more than 2.4 billion computers, tablets and mobile devices were sold worldwide – and the demand is increasing rapidly. Unfortunately, the rare and precious metals needed to manufacture these products are in limited supply. Extending the life of reusable electronics is one way we can preserve resources and help the environment.”
Another important environmental consideration is responsibly recycling old electronics that are no longer in use with an R2 certified recycler. This ensures that personal information and data are protected, and that potentially harmful materials found in end-of-life electronic products are managed in a way that protects people and the environment.
For more information about refurbished electronics, or to find an R2 Certified refurbisher or recycler in your area, www.SustainableElectronics.org and click on the green FIND A RECYCLER button from the home page, then click on the orange FIND A REFURBISHER button for a list of R2 Ready for Reuse refurbishers.
R2 Ready for Reuse is part of the R2 Standard for Responsible Recycling of electronics. The R2 Standard is administered by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause responsible electronics reuse and recycling worldwide through certification to the R2 Standard, and through education and outreach initiatives.
SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safe and sustainable reuse and recycling of used electronics worldwide. We work to accomplish this mission through certification to the R2 Standard for Responsible Recycling, and through education and outreach initiatives around the world. The R2 Standard was developed by a multi-stakeholder group that included representatives from the U.S. EPA, manufacturers, recyclers, and others who shared our goal of improving the global recycling landscape for electronics.
Photos courtesy of SERI.