In our report Impacts and Insights – Circular IT Management in Practice, we’re deep-diving into circularity. We’ve spoken to experts in the field, checked in with some IT brands and interviewed people on the frontline of circular procurement. Here is a collection of their best tips.

In a circular economy, resources are handled responsibly. The goal is to extend product lifetime and recirculate all materials without producing any waste. What does this actually mean for IT products — and how can the circular economy be implemented on the ground, when you procure and use IT products? Here are 33 hands-on tips that will help you get started with circular IT management. 33 tips may seem like a lot — but keep in mind that sustainability takes time, and the main thing is to get started.

Leverage your purchasing power

1. Make your circularity intentions clear for your suppliers. IT brands know that the circular paradigm shift is coming and a push from clients will help them take the big steps needed.

2. Select a supplier with sustainability ambitions. Common priorities can help support your circular and sustainable IT management goals. Make use of pre-competitive dialogs and RFIs to gather information from suppliers.

3. Include circularity criteria in your procurement policies and specifications. Examples could include durability and repairability criteria that will allow you to keep products longer, and criteria for reduction or elimination of hazardous substances that make materials more recyclable.

4. Purchase products that have already been used. Focus on functionality and make use of the possibilities offered by professional refurbishing and remanufacturing businesses.

5. Don’t overestimate the environmental and financial effects of changing to a more energy efficient device. In most cases, the potential savings are heavily overshadowed by negative impacts in the manufacturing phase.

6. Ask your supplier for an extensive warranty that covers service, repairs and battery replacements during your estimated use time.