Black Friday – What you can do to help
Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping period for consumers. As we said in our last blog, British shoppers are expected to spend more than £7 billion during the sales weekend this year.
It comes as no surprise that electronic devices are considered a must-have purchase during Black Friday sales. But these products are likely to be replacing older products – resulting in a colossal amount of e-waste.
Recent climate change protests and environmental warnings issued by global governments are just a couple of the factors shaping the world, with sustainability increasingly becoming a priority. Reducing e-waste cannot fall on the shoulders of consumers alone, but with Black Friday fast approaching, it is important to be mindful of how we can make sustainable choices.
Stop and think before you buy
Technology is increasingly being designed with a short lifespan – we want things cheaper, faster and delivered to our doors at no extra cost. But can we change the way we think?
In the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it is worth considering:
- Do you need a new device?
- If your old gadget is broken, fix it
- Consider buying a refurbished handset
- Always ensure you responsibly recycle your unwanted electronic goods (see below for more info)
There is an increasing range of recovered devices and gadgets available. Every component from smartphones and mobile accessories can be recovered and reused, to breathe new life into older and broken devices.
The refurbished smartphone market was the fastest growing segment in the mobile sector last year, with a seven percent rise from the year before. In fact, 150 million refurbished handsets were sold worldwide. Buying refurbished handsets can cut the cost for consumers, but it also avoids unnecessary waste going to landfill and helps the environment.
Steps to sustainability
There is no doubt that Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers a great opportunity to buy discounted products and it would be unrealistic to expect consumers to stop buying. The main objective now is to make use of valuable resources in old gadgets and make sure they do not join the other 40 million phones lying around in homes across the UK. Recycling these items is easier than you may think.
At GSUK, we specialise in the reuse and redistribution of your old devices. We aim to shine light on devices which can be recovered and reused elsewhere and are on a mission to save planet Earth – one device at a time. We want you to join us!
Please consider sending your old or damaged devices to Recyclewise – a mobile recycling and redistribution scheme we set up where all proceeds go to charity. Our Freepost address is: Recyclewise, Genuine Solutions Ltd, Unit 1 223 Hook Rise South Industrial Park, Hook Rise South, Surbiton, KT6 7LD.