IT products should be prioritized in sustainable procurement, as it is a product category connected to a large number of serious sustainability issues, which at the same time, often represents a large budget item for the organization. To push for more sustainable practices, you should include relevant, up-to-date sustainability criteria in your purchasing policies and contracts. To enable a circular mindset, the products you choose should be designed for a long life: be durable, upgradeable, easy to repair and have enough capacity to meet your needs for several years.
However, the first question you should ask yourself is: do we really need to buy new products? A majority of the IT product’s sustainability impact happens in the supply chain (for example, nearly 80 percent of a notebook’s greenhouse gas emissions occur in the manufacturing phase), so avoiding to buy new is a good way of lowering your sustainability impact.