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Green hardware and suppliers

22 kg of chemicals, 240 kg of fossil fuels and 1,5 T of clear water are necessary to produce a desktop computer and its screen according to UNU researchers. Combined with the very short lifespan of our digital equipments, this drastically raises their lifetime environment-related energy impacts.

Digital products also contain significant quantities of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium, which pose potential health risks to production workers, recyclers and environmental risks to water supplies near landfills where they are eventually dumped.

As a result, always remember that talking about hardware footprint involves two major energy-consuming cycles:
- Production of devices (material extraction, distribution)
- Destruction of obsolete devices

Reducing our digital hardwares, Repairing, Re-using and Recycling them are the key steps to follow.

Digital and IT sustainable purchasing policy
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This section refers to all digital and ICT products and services such as computers and peripheral equipments (laptop, desktop, screens and accessories… ), communication equipments (phones, accessories…), consumer electronic equipments and services such as IT technical consulting and support services, IT design and development services, hosting and IT infrastructure provisioning services…

If you do not have yet a sustainable procurement policy, please refer to the global sustainable procurement policy in resources to write one.


- Analyze consumption and existing practices:

  • Identify most purchased ICT products and services
  • Ask your ICT suppliers what are your highest carbon footprint products/services
  • Deploy solutions to know what you already have in your company: softwares, hardwares... You can either go for custom solutions (xls documents are already a good start!), but Software Asset Management is best to keep track of your licenses for instance. This has proven to be useful to: make the best of what your company already has, make sure you can extend warranties before migrating to new softwares, save money and energy since you have all your inventory in mind. This can also be deployed for hardware through Telecom Asset Management and any other hardware.

- Define targets and KPI evolution, such as:

  • Sustainable or eco-certified ICT products/services amount percentage on total ICT products/services buying amount. It can be declined per category (computers, technical consulting…)
  • Carbon footprint evolution for main ICT products volumes. It should decrease deploying all below recommendations.

- Develop a circular procurement when you are purchasing ICT products and include criteria with a circular approach in your specifications.

  • Choose certified products, green design products that reduce the use of hazardous materials:
    - Promote the purchase of products that meet internationally recognized “green” labeling standards such as EPEAT, Energy Star or Blue Angel
    - TCO Certified is the leading sustainability certification for IT products, driving social and environmental sustainability throughout the IT product life cycle
  • Buy durable, can be upgraded and repaired products. In most cases it is also better from a financial perspective, even when service and upgrading costs are included. At least one year product life extension has a substantial impact.
  • Provide employees with laptops instead of desktops, it consumes less electricity.
  • Reduce the number of smartphones: Adopt the "Bring Your Own Device" policy and replace pro and personal phones by a single one with reimbursment of bills, double SIM card, double number pt protect personal privacy if need be...
  • Buy extensive warranties to encourage both durable product design and longer usage time. In the absence of warranties, nobody will repair products when necessary. If you are a large scale company, you can try to negotiate your license extension for a specific software.
  • Extend shelf life of your materials via leasing (you should include end-of-life handling in your contract) and evolutive material (RAM, batteries...)
  • Buy Products and materials which are made for recycling (e.g. removal batteries) and require your products to be disassembled and handed into safe recycling
  • Purchase products that have already been used whenever possible. Focus on the possibilities offered by professional refurbishing and remanufacturing businesses.

Note: Don’t overestimate the environmental and financial effects of changing to a more energy efficient device. In most cases, the potential savings can be offset by negative impacts in the manufacturing phase. (rebound effect)

To go further: Promote / demand the use of Recommendation ITU (International Telecommunication Union) -T L.1420, “Methodology for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions impact assessment of information and communication technologies in organizations”, to quantify and report energy consumption and GHG emissions of your suppliers.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Certifications:
- EPEAT
- Energy Star
- Blue Angel

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Cloud computing platform, digital workflows
servicenow

ServiceNow transform old, manual ways of working into modern digital workflows and optimized IT solutions.

Especially, ServiceNow provide a solution to manage software licenses and hardware assets with intuitive workflows and lifecycle visibility. This solution is driven to optimize all assets and promote a green mindset.

Click here to contact them.

Choose Computers & Screens
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- Buy repairable and upgradeable products. Laptops are harder to repair or upgrade than desktop PCs. Look for a user-replaceable battery as an absolute minimum, and ideally replaceable storage drive and RAM as well.

- Choose durable products:

  • Buy a thin product = less material so less environmental impact
  • Prefer aluminum shell, more resistant than plastic and not needing a fan
  • Prefer TCO-Certified products. This label ensures that the model has reduced environmental and social impact throughout its lifecycle, from manufacture to disposal.
  • Choose high performance products in order to extend their lifetime as long as possible
  • Choose a small screen: screen production has the most important environmental impact. MacBook 13" footprint has a 217 kg CO2 footprint whereas MacBook 16" has a 394 kg CO2 ones (Apple data).

- Buy refurbished products: because of the significant carbon footprint of making a computer, its lifetime should ideally be extended for as long as possible. If you can’t repair an old machine, you can extend the lifetime of another by buying a second-hand or refurbished computer.

You can create some quick wins to curb your digital footprint by providing employees with laptops instead of desktops, it consumes less electricity.

47%

of the digital world CO2e emissions are due to consumers equipments (25% due to data centers & 28% due to infrastructures).
(Ademe - Sept 2019)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Refurbished devices marketplace
Reebelo

Reebelo consists of a team of experienced people who have expertise in electronics and second-hand business.

Reebelo buy used electronics from business partners as well as from private individuals for their repair team to renew the electronics and test them, before they put them back on sale on their marketplace.

On top of that, Reebelo takes care of planting a tree for every device that they sell to make the world a greener and a cooler place.

Refurbished Dell devices marketplace
Dell Factory Outlet

Dell Factory Outlet provides refurbished Dell computers, monitors, desktops stations and workstations, servers and storage according to stocks.

Certified refurbished products are previously open/used products and come with a 1 year warranty. These products are submitted to a careful refurbishing process to achieve quality and performance standards.

To contact them, engage conversation through their "chat to buy" button.

Electronics refurbishing - marketplace
ElectronicsCrazy

ElectronicsCrazy is an online electronics marketplace in Singapore.

They deal in ten most popular categories including mobile phones, computers and laptops, cameras, network switches, smart power sockets...

They have a wide range of certified refurbished computers and other refurbished items.

Sell & Repair online platform for electronic devices
PC Dreams

PC Dreams restores second-hand computers, smartphones and other devices to put them back on the market.

To reduce electronic waste, they either refurbish the devices for sale, donate them to charities or recycle them with recycling partners. They also provide other services like logistics or online retail solutions.

Choose Smartphones
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For smartphones:

  • Consider buying a refurbished phone
  • Focus on models that are repairable or upgradable with removable battery and extendable external storage capacity
  • Source eco-friendly mobile phone options on iFixit where you will find a list of mobile phones scored by repairability

When choosing a model's storage capacity, go with a lowest option and (only if extra space is genuinely needed) sign up for cloud storage service.

You can create some quick wins to curb your digital footprint by reducing the number of smartphones: Adopt the "Bring Your Own Device" policy and replace pro and personal phones by a single one with reimbursment of bills, double SIM card, double number to protect personal privacy if need be...

~435,000 T

of mobile phones were discarded across the world in 2016, with the raw material costing approximately $10.7 billion (€9.53 billion).
(UN Environment Agency)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Refurbished devices marketplace
Reebelo

Reebelo consists of a team of experienced people who have expertise in electronics and second-hand business.

Reebelo buy used electronics from business partners as well as from private individuals for their repair team to renew the electronics and test them, before they put them back on sale on their marketplace.

On top of that, Reebelo takes care of planting a tree for every device that they sell to make the world a greener and a cooler place.

Choose Adequate Servers Solutions
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If you need to deploy your own servers, keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Deploy “as-a-Service” solutions (SaaS) that can provide better agility and efficiency to curb overprovisioning
  • Virtualize your datacentre equipment to deploy in cloud environment that enables servers optimization
  • For large scale companies, you could consider hyperscale datacentres. They are claimed to be the future of datacentres and they show critical and decisive breakthrough for energy saving.
    > High level of performance, flexibility to go for either super performant servers or just plain ones
    > Strong reliability
    > All IT layers are being automated to save power and human actions> Innovative and continuously improving
    > Deployed for a maximum of customers in order to avoid idle servers to be powered

If you wish to know more about hyperscale datacentres, click here!

Before deploying your own servers, consider either choosing a hosting company or deploying your own infrastructures.

To make this extremely simple (and some cases can prove us wrong here), bigger companies should always consider deploying hybrid infrastructures (public cloud for non-critical data and private cloud for highly valuable data). These hybrid infrastructures can be versatile: they can be internal and monitored by the company itself, but they can also use bulk offers from hosting companies for money-saving, strategic or other purposes. But in the end, huge companies with strong focus on data (banking, retail...) should always have a bigger part of their infrastructures owned by themselves.

However, for SME, going through hosting companies is quite the best because they would save money and time creating their own - partly useless (or at best under-used) - infrastructures. This is why choosing a green host could be a great incentive. Sustainable and definitely best for your resources! See our solution below "Choose a Green Host".

14%

is the projected percentage of ICT GHG emissions by 2040 on the worldwide 2016-level based GHGE.
(sciencedirect)

7450 kWh per year

is the estimated electricity consumption of a standard server. Based on the US Energy Information administration, this represents a total cost of 730 USD per year.
(ZDNet]

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Global, edge-to-cloud Platform-as-a-Service company
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a worldwide company that provides efficient & sustainable datacentre IT services.

Their commitment to sustainability encompasses "as-a-Service" solutions, which enable better agility, optimisation of computing power, reduction of overprovisioning...

They also offer energy-efficient infrastructures and sustainable best practices for hardware deployment.

To contact them, you may also use their contact forms

Chase idle server storage
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Chasing idle server storage is one kind of a challenge for companies, especially big firms, but reducing servers buidlings are one of the most important steps.

An idle server is basically not delivering any computing power. To be clear, an idle server is not to be confused with a server that is experiencing downtime. As a rule of thumb, if the server hasn't relayed information or computing services within the last six months, then it should be considered idle.

As a consequence, idle servers are a problem: they use energy for nothing and are expensive. Servers are using roughly between 150 and 200 watts per hour when they are idle (just under an active server). If we use the figure above, you can reckon that idle servers are extremely negative for the environment (and your wallet!).

Best way to chase down such servers is practically using dedicated solutions. Companies can deploy either DCiM (DataCentre Infrastructure Manager) that can provide an accurate overview of the datacentres' optimization/status, or PDU (Power Distribution Unit) that can display all real-time data related to the datacentre and help you make the right choices.

Keep in mind that any action abovementioned for servers is also valid for Virtual machines in software development in general. As they are server-like IT environment, all incentives here can be followed for their deployment and maintenance too.

If your company is contracting with third-party server provider, please have a look at below "Choose a green host" section!

< 30%

In typical deployments, server utilization is below 30%, but idle servers still consume 60% of their peak power draw.
(Research Gate)

~25%

of physical servers are zombies. 30% of virtual machines are also comatose.
(Jon Taylor and Jonathan Koomey Second Comatose Server Report)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read more on chasing idle servers methodology

See howBarclays decommissioned 9000 servers in 2013 in this video and this paper.

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Choose a green host
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Choosing a greener host is something on everybody's mind. If you want to go greener, check out the following criteria to make the right choice:

- Support and responsiveness - In cases like this you’ll appreciate clear communications from a support team, and having access to people with deep expertise – if you’re hosting something for someone, and their business relies on this hosting, it’s worth remembering that the real thing your customers are usually buying, is the ability to avoid disruptive changes to how they work. Local hosting providers should always be considered first (they will use more energy) but make sure the local hosting provider is as green as possible. Sometimes, non-domestic providers are greener than local ones. Here, pick yours and make the best decision depending on your own mindset.

- Pricing - Before going for the pricing, make sure you are absolutely certain of your needs and what you require. Once you know this, try to estimate the amount of storage/computing power you need to optimize your carbon footprint and money. Remember that if you go for a longer period of hosting, the costs per month are lower. Also, all hosting providers offer different kinds of plans. Browse the plans and make the best of their offers.

- Transparency - it’s worth thinking about how the servers you’re going to rely on are powered. If there isn’t an explicit statement from a given company about how they use renewable or sustainable power, it’s safest to assume the company is using a power from a mix of sources. If a company is making statements about green power, then they should be able to share details about how their power is considered “green”. In some cases they might source power directly, operating their own infrastructure, but in many cases, they’ll be buying special ‘renewable energy credits’ – tradable certificates allocated to companies that generate power from renewable sources.

- Green mindset - A greener mindset is always what hosting providers brag about. But careful here, some are green per se, others are just using carbon offsetting processes to "make their hosting green". The idea of paying money to reward green behaviour in a distant place does not sit well with everyone. Generally speaking, if you want to pay for renewable energy credits on the same grid where you are running your servers, you can, but it’s more expensive – just like how buying offsets in the same country where emissions from running servers take place will cost more. If you’re choosing a hosting company that relies on renewable energy credits, ask how & what kind of credits they use, and whether they buy them from the same grid where the infrastructure you use is. If you are not sure about their values, challenge them!

- Standards and contract notices - Before contracting with a hosting provider, read the details of engagement thoroughly. Keep in mind what leaving them would entail. To curb the risk, know that open standards and open source softwares make it easier to run the same kind of site with a different provider, compared to an entirely proprietary stack of technologies – although the trade off you increasingly tend to make now is about the end to end experience of needing something changed, having a developer or site builder work on it, show it in a staging area, then rolling out the changes to your site or product for your users. If you are developing a website on website editors (Wix, Webflow, ...), always remember you will not have the choice in the hosting company, they will make you go for their own provider/solution. And there are generally not green...

Always remember communication is key with your host. Feel free to confirm the information about those offsetting programs with them.

All companies can hold back before either choosing a hosting company or deploying their own infrastructures.
To make this extremely simple (and some cases can prove us wrong here), bigger companies could always consider deploying hybrid infrastructures (public cloud for non-critical data and private cloud for highly valuable data). These hybrid infrastructures can be versatile; they can be internal and monitored by the company itself, but they can also use bulk offers from hosting companies for money-saving, strategic or other purposes. But in the end, huge companies with strong focus on data (banking, retail, ...) should always have a bigger part of their infrastructures owned by themselves. Hyperscaled infrastructures could also be a great asset for them, which is detailed in this category "Choose Adequate Servers Solutions" above.

However, for SME, going through hosting companies is quite the best because they would save money and time creating their own - partly useless (or at best under-used) - infrastructures. This is why choosing a green host could be a great incentive. Sustainable and definitely best for your ressources!

2040 kg CO2e

is necessary to power an average website for a year, equivalent to driving an average new car for more than 10,000 miles.
(Tech Radar)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Find secondhand equipment
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Before going for brand new equipment, ask yourself: Do you really need one? If so, for performance or optimization, go ahead. But think twice.
If you need lighter/less performant devices, prefer secondhand.
• Utilize certified pre-owned products whenever possible in order to support legacy and/or non-revenue generating workloads and applications.
• For greater reliability, look for items that have been refurbished, either by the manufacturer or seller with warranty (12 months) so even if you do receive a faulty unit you should get a replacement. A refurbished device is one that has been restored to full working order and should work exactly the same as new.

To help you find the way in so many devices, see below a short recap of some devices' lifespan: see chart below.

These average lifespans are for information purposes only and show how long devices keep their highest performance level.

50% less

carbon footprint by extending your computer life from 2 to 4 years, as 80% of carbon footprint comes from manufacturing.
(Ademe - Sept 2019)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Enterprise-class IT Asset Disposal / Refurbished hardware supplier for network infrastructure
Plurium Technologies

Plurium Technologies is an alternative distributor of networking and IT equipment. They help companies to reduce the cost of their infrastructure by optimising the lifecycle of their hardware and by contributing actively to the circular economy.

They offer 2 different services both for companies with extra IT hardware to dispose, and for companies willing to reduce their carbon footprint and cost of ownership:

  1. IT Asset disposal and recovery: Plurium Technologies offer one-stop solutions for IT asset disposal, buying back and collecting used hardware with extra revenues as a bonus.
  2. Second-hand hardware supply: helping to reduce the cost of ownership, your carbon footprint or simply to make your job easier, Plurium Technologies deliver:
  • Discontinued parts and products to maintain or expand legacy infrastructures
  • New or refurbished, but always cost-effective hardware of all major brands
  • Shorter lead time than usual distribution to meet tight project deadlines

Refurbished devices marketplace
Reebelo

Reebelo consists of a team of experienced people who have expertise in electronics and second-hand business.

Reebelo buy used electronics from business partners as well as from private individuals for their repair team to renew the electronics and test them, before they put them back on sale on their marketplace.

On top of that, Reebelo takes care of planting a tree for every device that they sell to make the world a greener and a cooler place.

Refurbished Dell devices marketplace
Dell Factory Outlet

Dell Factory Outlet provides refurbished Dell computers, monitors, desktops stations and workstations, servers and storage according to stocks.

Certified refurbished products are previously open/used products and come with a 1 year warranty. These products are submitted to a careful refurbishing process to achieve quality and performance standards.

To contact them, engage conversation through their "chat to buy" button.

Electronics refurbishing - marketplace
ElectronicsCrazy

ElectronicsCrazy is an online electronics marketplace in Singapore.

They deal in ten most popular categories including mobile phones, computers and laptops, cameras, network switches, smart power sockets...

They have a wide range of certified refurbished computers and other refurbished items.

Sell & Repair online platform for electronic devices
PC Dreams

PC Dreams restores second-hand computers, smartphones and other devices to put them back on the market.

To reduce electronic waste, they either refurbish the devices for sale, donate them to charities or recycle them with recycling partners. They also provide other services like logistics or online retail solutions.

Extend equipments total lifespan: Repair, Keep longer, Find a new usage
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According to the UN Environment, 80% of a smartphone's carbon footprint occurs during manufacturing, 3% during transportation, and 16% during consumer use. The best way to decrease your electronics footprint is to keep your equipment as long as possible. The same applies for your desktops and laptops. Extend the life of your computer from 2 to 4 years will decrease by 50% its environmental footprint (Ademe Report).

Consider the whole lifespan of your equipments: while they are in your company and their after-life in the 2nd hand market. See above solution for the different lifespan of devices.

Before going any further, try to upcycle your hardware (reclaiming materials for use in new or better products) or any stranded resources (e.g. zombie servers and under-utilised assets). To do so, deploy a light IT Asset Management solution to keep track of your whole fleet and assets.

Then, before changing any hardware, you should consider two actions:

  • Repair/Update your material
  • Extend their shelf life.

Some Best Practices for the first step:

  • Always try to repair materials before considering buying new ones
  • Update the softwares and the material capacities (memories, etc.)
  • Replace separately screens, keyboards, desktop etc... according to their own lifespan
  • Protect your materials: phone cases, adapted computer bags...
  • Before buying hardware, check out their durability estimation (online forums, technical specifications...)

The second necessary step is to extend the shelf life of your IT materials (phones, computers, printers...) via leasing and evolutive material (RAM, batteries...).To do so, you have different options:

  • DIY maintenance (you or your IT teams), extremely cheap but reliable though
  • Extend warranty contracts, seamless but can be charged a lot by companies - prices can be brought down if you have a large fleet of devices
  • Third-party maintenance, quite reliable and not that expensive but needs you to find the right supplier

If you wish to change your equipments, consider their after-life and prefer the following incentives:

  • Sell obsolete / old hardware to your staff at a discounted price
  • Donate them to charities
  • Sell them to intermediates which will repair and recondition them

Keep in mind that before disassembling, you should conduct an assets audit and see what can be re-used, re-conditioned and what has to be recycled.

3.3 /person

number of connected devices owned by Singaporeans, with Smartphones being the most used device.
(Digital Influence Lab)

190 Kg CO2e

avoided by extending the lifetime of a single computer and monitor from 4 to 6 years.
(University of Edinburgh)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Refurbished laptops donation to underprivileged communities
re-pc

You can give away your old, slow laptop gathering dust at home to RE-PC Singapore donation event. Your laptop can become useful again and create educational opportunities for a less fortunate child.

Oudated laptops are donated to RE-PC during their events several times per year. Laptops are wiped, refurbished and provided with optimized OS for low energy consumption, before being given to homes with deserving children. They have already empowered the children of 105,000 families in Singapore with household incomes below S$1,500.

Refurbished devices marketplace
Reebelo

Reebelo consists of a team of experienced people who have expertise in electronics and second-hand business.

Reebelo buy used electronics from business partners as well as from private individuals for their repair team to renew the electronics and test them, before they put them back on sale on their marketplace.

On top of that, Reebelo takes care of planting a tree for every device that they sell to make the world a greener and a cooler place.

Sell & Repair online platform for electronic devices
PC Dreams

PC Dreams restores second-hand computers, smartphones and other devices to put them back on the market.

To reduce electronic waste, they either refurbish the devices for sale, donate them to charities or recycle them with recycling partners.They also provide other services like logistics or online retail solutions.

Enterprise-class IT Asset Disposal / Refurbished hardware supplier for network infrastructure
Plurium Technologies

Plurium Technologies is an alternative distributor of networking and IT equipment. They help companies to reduce the cost of their infrastructure by optimising the lifecycle of their hardware and by contributing actively to the circular economy.

They offer 2 different services both for companies with extra IT hardware to dispose, and for companies willing to reduce their carbon footprint and cost of ownership:

  1. IT Asset disposal and recovery: Plurium Technologies offer one-stop solutions for IT asset disposal, buying back and collecting used hardware with extra revenues as a bonus.
  2. Second-hand hardware supply: helping to reduce the cost of ownership, your carbon footprint or simply to make your job easier, Plurium Technologies deliver:
  • Discontinued parts and products to maintain or expand legacy infrastructures
  • New or refurbished, but always cost-effective hardware of all major brands
  • Shorter lead time than usual distribution to meet tight project deadlines
E-recycle with relevant partners
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Electronic waste requires to be segregated from other waste, collected and treated properly, because they contain up to 60 different elements including toxic ones (lead, cadmium, mercury but also PVC, brominated flame retardants...) and rare earth elements (Neodymium, Terbium, Dysprosium, etc.).
Source: IntechOpen

The technologies used to recover those rare earth elements have been improved over time, as they represent a high resale value. Recycling would reduce the risks to harm the environment and the human health, and also the need to mine new raw materials.

You can contract directly with a specialised recycler to dispose of your equipment or bring it back to your suppliers: under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on e-waste, suppliers of electronic goods must take back old products, and send them to a licensed recycler.

Download the NEA's Collectors, Traders & Recyclers Directory to find specialised recyclers in Singapore.

60,000 tonnes

of e-waste generated in SG per year, equivalent to discarding ~70 mobile phones per person! (Towards Zero Waste)

19,9kg

annual e-waste generated per capita in Singapore. (Global ewaste)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Find the recycling plan relevant to your equipment:
- Dell
- HP
- HP Planet Partners Program  
- Canon
- Epson

You may download the list of e-recycling companies in Singapore from NEA 3R Programmes & Resources. More details on some of them here.

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Enterprise-class IT Asset Disposal / Refurbished hardware supplier for network infrastructure
Plurium Technologies

Plurium Technologies is an alternative distributor of networking and IT equipment. They help companies to reduce the cost of their infrastructure by optimising the lifecycle of their hardware and by contributing actively to the circular economy.

They offer 2 different services both for companies with extra IT hardware to dispose, and for companies willing to reduce their carbon footprint and cost of ownership:

  1. IT Asset disposal and recovery: Plurium Technologies offer one-stop solutions for IT asset disposal, buying back and collecting used hardware with extra revenues as a bonus.
  2. Second-hand hardware supply: helping to reduce the cost of ownership, your carbon footprint or simply to make your job easier, Plurium Technologies deliver:
  • Discontinued parts and products to maintain or expand legacy infrastructures
  • New or refurbished, but always cost-effective hardware of all major brands
  • Shorter lead time than usual distribution to meet tight project deadlines

E-waste management
TES-AMM (Singapore) Pte Ltd

TES is a trusted leader for technology deployment, recovery, remarketing, and recycling since 2005.

They provide IT Lifecycle Services, commissioning, deployment, retirement of Information Technology (IT) assets, refurbishing and remarketing of used technology assets to maximizes cash recovery potential.

E-waste management
Do-Yi Enterprise

Do-Yi Mission is to cultivate e-Cycle habits, rejuvenate and re-purpose ICT equipment gadgets, computer, laptop and e-appliances to achieve high utilization.

SG. e-Cycle activity: Collector rendering transportation recycling service handling for removal  disposal / rejected / returned electronics Amazon tech-ware,  IT computer, smart mobile devices peripheral.

Refurbishment: Retrofit ECO system workstation adoption; decommission written off computing instrument for business company, individuals, private estate, condominiums apartment and organisation. They provide transport pick-up service on-site collection appointment.

They can be contacted also via Whatsapp / Call mobile: 9859 1202

E-waste management (collection, destruction, recycling, refinery...)
Metalo International Pte Ltd

Metalo International has 10 years of experience in the electronic waste industry in Singapore.

They manage collection and trading of ferrous scrap metals, electrical components, electronics and other precious metals scrap. Besides, they also provide services to dismantle and dispose computer & other IT hardware and accessories (laptops, printers, monitors, used networking equipments, servers, etc.)

They have their own facilities to handle electronic waste or export to Thailand and Japan for refinery in an ethical way.

Buddies - Experience sharing

The « green journey » may feel overwhelming sometimes, but you are not alone.

Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Alexandre Ung
Finance Director - Edenred Pte Ltd

Experienced Finance Director with more than 10 years of working history in the technology, e-commerce and marketing industries, Alexandre has led the ABW office transformation at Edenred Singapore in 2019.