The Circular Economy: How are we going to change our path in order to move towards a brighter, cleaner, more sustainable future?
Development of an economic and societal model that features minimal human impact and damage, the removal of the throwaway culture, with an emphasis on developing sustainable operations alongside effective reuse of current materials within our system.
Since the third industrial revolution, we have experienced accelerated production and consumption as a means for economic scale and, for many, enhanced quality of life. As we thrive off the benefits that this framework provides, we must re-evaluate our approach and raise the question, at the expense of what? and as an extension, if we dispose of so much, how can we raise and scale capital upon this waste?
The circular economy / circular framework seeks to model products and services not just around how they can be used, but, how they can be re-used, re-sold, and re-cycled. Factoring in an extended lifecycle, that goes beyond the end of life.
“The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.”Sustainability.
We must ask; if a process can be carried out over a period of time? as, if it cannot, by definition, it is unsustainable.
A basic re-evaluation of our societal, economic, and industrial practices with the question of sustainability in mind is necessary. With global leaders, from politicians to CEOs, outlining and publishing roadmaps to transition to a carbon-free, green and clean method of operation, it is clear to see that the narrative has shifted, along with the perception and adoption of this topic.
The circular economy within the telecoms space.
As the global economy scales, we face an increasing demand for digital connection and communication, this has resulted in striking figures such as the 53.6 Mt of E-waste that resulted in landfill, outlined in our 2020 Sustainability award. Within the telecoms space, when a network upgrade, refresh or vendor swap is on the cards, like any purchase/upgrade, the refurbished/resell market has always been a cost-effective alternative, yet the majority lean towards the enticing prospect of purchasing directly from OEMs (original equipment manufacturer), however, again the question must be raised, at what expense?
At PICS Telecom we do not only provide a cost-effective alternative, PICS’ seeks to maintain the lifespan of any given network, utilising an extensive testing process alongside a thorough recycling program. Where resources and assets are extracted, evaluated, resold, reused, and effectively brought back into our system. PICS is proud to offer its green solutions to its global customers with over 28 years of credible industry experience, providing a green, cost-effective alternative.
- 2020 Verizon Sustainability award
- WEEE Recycling
- 2020 Global E-waste monitor
- Blog post » The circular economy vs linear economy
- Telecoms Circular Economy Misconceptions