Espria has announced plans to replace employee laptops and monitors with British Standards Institute (BSI) certified refurbished devices, increasing its current 65% refurbished usage rate to 100% over the next three years. For example, the purchase of 180 refurbished laptops would prevent up to 266 KGs of landfill e-waste, 49,500 KGs of carbon emissions and save a staggering 17,225,280 litres of water. This plan reflects the ESG goals of Espria and will clearly demonstrate to their customers how the use of BSI-certified refurbished devices enhances their product and service offering.
BSI has certified the refurbished devices with a Kitemark™, one of the world’s most well-established marks of trust. Having a trusted third party verify the quality and consistency of each device builds a tangible layer of confidence amid the other considerations of purchasing refurbished hardware.
Clinton Groome, Chief Operating Officer at Espria said, “Our decision to move to 100% refurbished devices in the next few years aligns with our values and reinforces our commitment to reducing electronic waste and minimise our carbon footprint as best we can. By choosing refurbished, we are contributing to extending the lifespan of electronics, and the negative impact, e-waste has on the environment.”
In addition to the sustainable benefits refurbished devices bring, businesses can also take advantage of the Espria Buy-Back programme to reduce cybersecurity risks. Trading-in old devices guarantees extensive cleaning and data sanitisation, ensuring legacy data is completely wiped from every device, mitigating the potential security risks that come with basic wipes or storing devices in company cupboards.
“Many still believe that second-hand means lower quality. This is not the case,” said Groome. “The remanufactured devices we use, and also supply to our customers, have all undergone rigorous audits and testing. Not only can devices be branded through vinyl wrapping but they are also delivered to clear specifications including RAM and SSD. Assisting in creating the same “out of the box” experience expected with new purchases.
To bring to life the sustainable benefits of purchasing refurbished devices, Espria, as part of the consultation process, are able to share the value of carbon offsetting, mitigated electronic and production waste, and litres of water saved.
Groome concluded, “By not only offering refurbished, but taking the step to use it ourselves, with a 100% utilisation by 2026, we aim to not only reduce our e-waste but also support our clients’ businesses in their ESG goals. We are determined to do all we can to work with our partners and our clients to play our part in a more sustainable future.”