Eco-Friendly Innovation: How Refurbished Phones Are Revolutionising Sustainable Technology

Written by: Emma Morris

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Eco-Friendly Innovation

How Refurbished Phones Are Revolutionising Sustainable Technology

Is your smartphone nearing the end of its life, and you're now faced with the daunting task of choosing a replacement?


Before you rush out to purchase the latest and greatest device, consider a more eco-friendly option - a UR refurbished phone.


When renewed and reinvigorated, these devices can offer a range of benefits that'll help both your wallet and the environment alike.


Some of these environmental benefits include combating our ever-present e-waste issue, reducing our carbon footprint, and furthering sustainability.


Continue reading to discover how choosing a refurbished phone can make a positive impact on our planet.

Environmental Impact of Phone Manufacturing

Nearly every year, brands release new phones featuring high-tier specifications that inevitably render the previous versions obsolete. However, many people are unaware of the full extent of the environmental impact of these practices.


In the UK alone, we have become one of the world's largest producers of electronic waste, generating over 23.9kg per capita, nearly surpassing Norway as the ultimate leader. Find out more here.


This not only pollutes the environment by allowing dangerous toxic chemicals to leach into the soil near landfill sites, but it's also starting to affect the atmosphere as well. Incorrect disposal methods, especially those involving heat, can release compounds that harm the ozone layer and potentially lead to respiratory issues.


This is all without factoring in the device's manufacturing itself, such as the amount of carbon emissions emitted and the quantity of metals and minerals used in its production.

Environmental Impacts of Refurbished Devices

Sustainable phones

But don't worry; refurbished phones offer a range of benefits to help create a more sustainable future.


Here are some, just to name a few.

Environmental Impact of Recycled Materials

Instead of mining the land for new resources, refurbished phone production seeks to recycle and reuse existing components.


This is achieved by breaking down old devices and repurposing their parts in new ones, providing them with a life cycle that will last for years to come. 


Consequently, we thereby reducing the amount of waste in landfill sites and conserve precious minerals and metals in the process.

Reduced Energy Consumption

Although some brands have started using renewable energy in their practices, it still takes 1 gigajoule to create a smartphone, equalling roughly 73 times the amount used to charge the gadget for a year. Discover more here.


But our devices can help with that, too.


On average, the production of refurbished phones saves approximately 45 kilograms of CO2 per phone compared to a new one. This significantly helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere by new devices arriving on the smartphone market.

Sustainable Phones at UR.co.uk

This is alongside UR's own commitment to sustainability, an attempt to make the tech industry even more environmentally conscious.


Here's what we can do for you.


  • 100% Biodegradable Packaging: Instead of chopping down trees, all our phones are packaged in 100% biodegradable materials to combat deforestation and its ultimate effects on the surrounding land.

  • Plant a Tree: We plant a tree for every device we sell, fostering a cleaner, greener future.

  • The Circular Economy: We go above and beyond providing sustainable smartphones – we also manufacture them ourselves. Sell your old phone back to us once you're ready, and it will be reinvigorated for its next owner, promoting a circular economy away from electronic waste and landfill sites.

Plus, we also offer you 12 months of FREE insurance with every device sold by us, ensuring peace of mind about its future life.

Final Thoughts on a UR Sustainable Phone

From reducing greenhouse gases to recycling components, a refurbished gadget is more than just an inexpensive device - it's a step towards a more sustainable future.


So, if we've piqued your interest, look at our range of refurbished devices today and join our commitment to a more sustainable future.


Happy shopping!

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Emma Morris


Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for ur.co.uk. Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.