DIGITAL encompasses all that’s technology.  This could be technology hardware such has laptops, servers, desktops, IoT devices, printers, smart phones, networking equipment, UPS’s.  But digital also includes IT assets such as data and software.  Data that sits on devices or in a Data Center either in the cloud or on-premise.  All of which requires day to day hardware and energy to make this data accessible at your fingertips.

SUSTAINABILITY means the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources.  This is at the core of an organization's recycling and reuse policy for end of life technology.

DIGITAL SUSTAINABILITY

More than 220 billion devices were connected in 2020. 
If you break that down to the environmental impact those devices have, there is the:

  • manufacturing and production of a NEW device

  • the data consumed with each device 

  • eWaste produced when hardware is end of life

EWASTE

With our Zero Landfill Policy, there is a home for everything.
Digital R-E-D recycles or reuses all equipment while maximizing your sustainability goals.  Our professional and transparent operations follow rigorous processes for efficiency, safety and security. 

A study identified that producing a computer along with its monitor takes at least 1.5 tons of water, 48 lbs of chemicals and 530 lbs of fossil fuels.  And the fact that each year, globally, over 1 billion cell phones and 300 million computers are put into production, we all have a duty to be sustainable.

 

When you start looking at the impact recycling eWaste the right way, the results are there.  Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year, according to the EPA.

What does it mean to be sustainable with your data? All data leaves an environmental footprint. 

Data that sits on a device requires hardware to support it. There is also data that sits in a Data Center either cloud or on-premise that requires specific hardware and energy needs.

 

There is no slowing down the data explosion we are in. Data that’s obsolete should be deleted both for sustainable and security reasons based on the your policies and framework.

DATA

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Did You Know...

* Data from manufacturers of phones, laptops, desktops and tablets show that in most cases the CO₂ released over a device's lifetime predominantly occurs during production, before consumers buy their devices.

* Similarly, the manufacture of flat panel displays, like those that go into televisions and computer monitors, releases fluorinated greenhouse gases
(F-GHGs), some of the most powerful and persistent of the heat-trapping emissions.

* Large volumes of other chemicals used in device manufacturing also don't make it into the final device. The volume of these chemicals may be four times greater than what is included in the product itself.