Definitive proof that choosing refurbished helps the planet
We started Back Market knowing that refurbished tech is better for the environment than brand new, but without a clear idea of exactly how much better. We also knew that gaining a comprehensive and data-driven understanding of the environmental impact of refurbished tech was key to our mission.
That’s why we asked ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, to independently study the environmental impact of the refurbished tech industry. The question of impact is important globally, not just to Back Market — because of this, ADEME decided to launch the first-ever large-scale study on the environmental impact of refurbished tech. (Back Market did not sponsor the study in any way.)
In 2020, ADEME began their research, and in January 2022, they released preliminary data surrounding the environmental impact of refurbished tech, centering on smartphones. Their conclusion was clear: Refurbished smartphones have significantly less impact on the environment compared to brand new.
Now, the full ADEME report has been released, giving us a big-picture view of the global impact of refurbishing tech – specifically computers, tablets, desktops, and smartphones. This study did not include the analysis of monitors, keyboards, and mice.