Sebastian Holmström, Circular Strategy Lead at Inrego talks about how the reuse of electronics contributes to more circular management of IT products.

This case is part of the Circular Electronics Day 2021 best practices series. Multiple organizations stand behind this initiative that takes place on January 24 with the aim to encourage organizations and consumers to take a more responsible approach to electronics.

What is Inrego?

Inrego’s business model is to maximize the use of used electronics to minimize the impact used IT products have on the environment. We buy used IT products, upgrade and repair them to give them a new life for new users. We want to change how computers, smartphones and other tech are handled in society. We are one of the global leaders on this market. We currently have 200 employees working at our Swedish headquarters. We operate in more than 90 countries and together with our partners we continue to make a difference around the globe.

What is the benefit of refurbished electronics?

There are several benefits to refurbish. It is a win-win-win for society, nature, and businesses. The increased societal interest in the environmental and economic benefits of reusing IT results in more people changing their electronic consumption.

Around 80 percent of the environmental impact occurs in the manufacturing phase of IT products. Therefore, every computer and cellphone that is scrapped is a failure. We are at a turning point where more materials can be reused, and today’s waste becomes tomorrow’s products. We need to develop the circular system so that it can compete with the linear economy that has been optimized over the past 100 years. Besides the environmental benefits, the ability to get affordable qualitative products are some of the additional benefits of reused IT.