How to reduce bills and help save the planet? Sustainable use of computer hardware prevents environmental problems while reducing e-waste and expenses.

This text is part of the Circular Electronics Initiative blog series. Multiple organizations stand behind this initiative that aims sto encourage organizations and consumers to take a more responsible approach to electronics.

According to the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) study1, extending the lifespan of all electrical and electronic products by just one year would lead to annual savings of around 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030, which is equivalent to taking over 2 million cars off the roads for a year.

In the global electronics industry, products are becoming obsolete at an ever-increasing rate, which unfortunately forces consumers to re-purchase products earlier. This planned obsolescence supports overconsumption of resources over wise and efficient consumption.

IT hardware becomes obsolete for two reasons, product failure to function or disuse of a functional product.

When a piece of IT hardware is broken or outdated, repair or upgrade is often not worth it, or convenient–forcing consumers to buy new. It’s no secret that for decades mainstream IT players have launched products designed to be replaced when certain parts break. As the manufacturing of components accounts for most of the electronic carbon footprint, keeping your electronic device for longer helps to fight climate change and saves you a lot of money.