In today's world, sustainability is a crucial factor that we all must consider when making any purchase. With our planet facing severe environmental issues, we must make conscious choices that benefit the environment. One of the most sustainable choices you can make when it comes to technology is buying a refurbished or remanufactured computer. Not only does it help reduce electronic waste, but it also saves valuable resources and reduces carbon emissions. 

Reducing Electronic Waste:

One of the most significant advantages of buying a refurbished or remanufactured computer is reducing electronic waste. Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a significant environmental problem that poses a risk to human health and the environment. According to a report by the United Nations, the world produced 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste in 2019, and only 17.4% of that waste was recycled. The rest ended up in landfills, incinerators, or the natural environment, where it releases toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

By purchasing a refurbished or remanufactured computer, you are extending the life of an electronic device that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

All of r3Loop's remanufactured computers undergo a rigorous process where they are cleaned, tested, and repaired to ensure they meet the same standards as a new laptop. This process ensures that the refurbished computer works just as well as a new one, but at a fraction of the cost.

For example, the Dell Latitude 5289 2-in-1 Laptop that we are currently selling on for $374.99 originally cost more than $1,300 when it was first released a few years ago. Tech Advisor called the 5289 a “business laptop with some of the same design features as the most fashionable consumer models.” Like all devices sold on, the 5289 went through a rigorous process that includes:

  1. Inspection: The first step in refurbishing a computer is to inspect the device thoroughly. This includes checking the physical condition for any signs of wear and tear or damage, as well as testing its various components and functionalities.

  2. Cleaning: Once it has been inspected, it needs to be cleaned. This involves removing any dust, dirt, or debris from the exterior and interior of the device, as well as cleaning the keyboard, touchpad, and screen.

  3. Upgrades: Depending on the age and condition of the laptop or desktop, it may need some upgrades to improve its performance. This could include replacing the hard drive or RAM, or installing a new operating system.

  4. Software Installation: The next step is to install any necessary software, such as drivers, antivirus software, and productivity software.  eLoop is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher and all computers come with Windows 10 Pro installed. 

  5. Testing: Once all the necessary upgrades and software have been installed, the device needs to be tested to ensure that it is working properly. This includes testing its battery life, Wi-Fi connectivity, and other features.

Saving Valuable Resources:

When you buy a new computer, it requires the production of new materials, which consumes valuable resources such as water, energy, and raw materials. According to a report by the EPA, it takes 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor. Buying a refurbished laptop reduces the demand for new materials, saving valuable resources in the process.

By purchasing a refurbished computer, you are also reducing the environmental impact of the production process. The production of new computers results in carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change. In contrast, purchasing a refurbished computer generates minimal carbon emissions as it does not require the same manufacturing process as a new computer.

According to a report by the Green Electronics Council, extending the life of a laptop by one year saves 5.8 kg of carbon emissions. If you were to buy a refurbished laptop and use it for four years instead of buying a new laptop every two years, you could save up to 23 kg of carbon emissions. This shows how much of an impact buying a refurbished laptop can have on the environment.


Another advantage of buying a refurbished computer is that it is cost-effective. Refurbished computers are often sold at a lower price than new ones, making them a more affordable option. This is because refurbished computers have already been used and have undergone the refurbishment process, making them cheaper to produce.

According to a report by Digital Trends, buying a refurbished laptop can save you up to 30% compared to buying a new laptop. This means that you can get a high-quality laptop at a lower price, which is a win-win situation.

"Refurbished laptops are an excellent choice for those who want to save money without sacrificing quality. They are tested and certified to work like new, and you can get them at a much lower price," says Harry Baker, a technology writer at Academicbrits.

In addition to being rigorously checked, all devices come with a 180 day warranty.

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