Sage Sustainable Electronics: Balancing Profitability and Sustainability by Reusing Electronics

Robert Houghton, CEO
As carbon reduction goals and ESG policies become the norm for businesses, prioritizing IT hardware sustainability is more important than ever. At the same time, organizations are looking for every possible means to extend the lives of their assets and reduce the total cost of ownership of their hardware infrastructure.

A woman-owned company with more than 30 years of experience, Sage Sustainable Electronics helps businesses meet their goals of balancing profitability and sustainability by extending the life of electronics.

Sage leads the market in sustainable IT asset management and disposition (ITAD) by reusing more and recycling less. With an end-to-end IT asset solution, the company delivers the most value to an organization and serves a range of stakeholders, including those in need.

“Our goal is not to recycle IT assets but to refurbish and find second users to extend the life of electronics. This produces the best sustainability and financial results for the customer,” says Robert Houghton, CEO of Sage Sustainable Electronics.

Sage’s core service is recovering surplus IT assets, refurbishing them, and finding second users. After recovery, the materials are taken to a Sage repurposing facility, where Sage reliably carries out data sanitization of all data-bearing devices.

“We produce data sanitization reports to demonstrate the successful completion of data eradication. Our customers are assured their sensitive data has been destroyed,” says Houghton.

Once the assets are sanitized, Sage refurbishes them and may reload software or perform repairs while indemnifying its customers against the high cost of data breaches. Houghton explains that there’s never been a data breach in Sage’s history, but it provides indemnification to give its customers peace of mind.

The objective is to repurpose recovered assets to either redeploy them for the customer or donate them to the customer’s choice of nonprofits and beneficiaries. Most of the material, however, is resold for value recovery, with the customer receiving the lion’s share of sales. Anything that’s not economical to repurpose is responsibly recycled.

Sage is a certified e-Stewards electronics recycler, which means they maintain full compliance with all national and international standards for the management of electronic waste.
Other services offered by Sage are asset management-related, such as technical installations and deinstallations of hardware, on-site data sanitization and shredding in data centers, as well as infrastructure decommissioning of power and network, allowing customers to reduce costs and redirect internal resources to more strategic activities.


Our goal is not to recycle IT assets but to refurbish and find second users to extend the life of electronics. This produces the best sustainability and financial results for the customer

Sage also has employee purchase programs in place, whereby the recovered material is made available for sale to the customer’s employees after it’s been fully refurbished. A one-year warranty is included, and all financial transactions and customer service are handled by Sage.

Sage has also stepped in to help customers with supply chain problems. With robust warehouse operations and distribution teams, they can receive and deploy new equipment.

Houghton is proud of how Sage solves two key issues facing organizations––net sustainability and economic outcomes from asset management programs. Sage was able to help one company successfully reduce its disposition costs by almost 50 percent within the first year. The economic returns to the customer from the combination of recycling less and selling more was substantial.

“A key reporting metric is greenhouse gas avoidance based on the reuse of assets. It can substantially contribute to overall greenhouse gas reduction targets,” says Houghton.

Sage’s reusable yield is orders of magnitude greater than its competitors, creating substantially superior results for a company’s financial and sustainability goals.

Unlike its competitors, Sage goes beyond IT asset disposition. Customers can count on it as a lifelong strategic partner that evolves as their businesses evolve.

Company
Sage Sustainable Electronics

Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Management
Robert Houghton, CEO

Description
A woman-owned company with more than 30 years of experience, Sage Sustainable Electronics helps businesses meet their goals of balancing profitability and sustainability by extending the life of electronics. Sage leads the market in sustainable IT asset management and disposition (ITAD) by reusing more and recycling less.

Sage Sustainable Electronics