“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” - Mahatma Gandhi

We think of sustainability as a journey that never ends. The goal of which is to keep making the world a little better.

We try to take the three pillars of sustainability (economic, ecological, social) into account in all of our business activities. That is why we are a certified scrap disposal company and are committed to environmental protection, transparency and social responsibility in all aspects of our business processes.

SWAPIT operates sustainably

Reduction of CO2 emissions through second life cycles
IT hardware comes under the technical equipment category whose manufacturing process is tied to immense raw material and energy usage. A life cycle analysis by the Federal Environment Agency has shown that, over a 5 year period of use, over half of the generated CO2 emissions from a notebook come from the manufacturing process.

SWAPIT extends the life cycle of IT hardware through remarketing thus contributing to climate protection. The used IT hardware is put back into circulation thus getting a second life.

Contribution towards solving the problem of electronic scrap
According to the environmental programme of the United Nations (Unep), up to 90% of electronic scrap is disposed of illegally. The illegal transferring of electronic scrap from western industrial nations to developing countries has a considerably negative impact on the living conditions and health of the locals as well as on their environment.

At SWAPIT, we ensure that our electronic scrap is not sold to developing countries. This is achieved by processing the resulting electronic scrap at certified companies in Germany.

What else can you do?

From 2017 onwards, we will offer our customers the opportunity to completely offset the CO2 emissions from the manufacturing process and use of their used IT hardware. This will be achieved with the help of local climate protection projects with myclimate deutschland ggmbh and certified by the “myclimate” label.

In addition to combating climate change, these projects also contribute towards the other sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Under the title of “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)”, common and universal targets have been set for all member states. These SDGs require states to combat poverty, improve health and education, make cities more sustainable, combat climate change and much more by 2030.

Related links

  • Study by the Federal Environment Agency on the time-optimised replacement of a notebook from an ecological point of view.
    More on this can be found >> here.
  • In 2014, 41.8 million tonnes of electronic scrap was produced worldwide (3 million tonnes of which was IT hardware).
    More on this can be found >> here.
  • Illegal transferring of electronic scrap.
    More on this can be found >> here.
  • The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
    More on this can be found >> here.