Archive Going Green 2010

How Green Is Refurbished Equipment?

5 things you should know about reused equipment and why it helps the environment.

Kent Steinriede, Associate Editor

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In the greening hierarchy, reuse is at the top of the heap. Purchasing a piece of refurbished equipment extends the life of the product, diverts material from the landfill and reduces the demand for new products that would require a large amount of resources to create. To be sure, the eco-friendly aspects of refurbished equipment aren't the primary draw, or what drives the market. It's the price tag, which can be 20% to 50% lower, depending on the piece of equipment. But you probably didn't know that refurbishers are some of the thriftiest, most environmentally conscious vendors around.

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