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BLOG: The Important Distinction Between “Reuse” and “Recycle”

“Reuse and refurbishment represent the greatest value recovery opportunity from used devices”

The terms reuse and recycle are often used synonymously, however it’s important to understand the difference between them. Recycling involves breaking down a product into raw materials, and then using the raw materials to create new goods. Reuse is to re-purpose an existing asset for a new use, and that’s exactly what our solutions do. We can transform your existing CAT3 or COAX cabling into an IP path with power to support various IP endpoints.

Recycling’s Environmental Impact

Ever since it’s explosion in the 1980’s, skeptics and advocates have debated whether or not recycling has a net positive impact on the environment. Surface level recycling benefits are obvious. Reduce the amount of waste that is burned or buried in a landfill, and conserve the Earth’s limited natural resources, which involves a very destructive process to extract. However, it’s important to understand that recycling does come at an environmental cost.

Unlike reusing existing wires which has a 100% benefit to the environment, trucks must transport recyclable products – requiring energy and creating pollution. Once at the recycling plant more energy is used, and pollutants created to transform the product back into raw materials. We must also consider what kind of products are being made with the recycled materials. Closed-loop recycling is most efficient. This is, for example, when a plastic bottle is recycled into another plastic bottle – and so the process can continue indefinitely. However, the closed-loop is often broken when items are recycled into less desirable products that can’t be recycled. For example, when a plastic bottle is recycled into plastic fibers for clothing.

Recycling Effectiveness

The effectiveness of a reuse strategy is always 100% environmentally friendly, however this is unfortunately not true for recycling. The effectiveness of recycling depends largely on location as each country, state, and municipality have unique regulations, programs, and facilities. The gap can be staggering. According to Eurostat, in 2016 Sweden recycled almost 50% of all their waste, while Romania only recycled about 13%. The raw material itself is also an important variable to consider. Aluminum is one of the most effective, requiring approximately 90% less energy when made from recycled materials. However, recycled glass only results in about 20% energy savings.

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides industry-led and regulated recycling programs for unwanted electronics. According to the EPRA, recycled cables and wires are harvested for their metal, which means non-metal components are considered waste.

Not All Waste is Recycled

As mentioned previously, not all waste is recycled. Many organizations modernizing to IP believe they need to install the newest cabling infrastructure to support their endpoints. Let’s assume a company is planning to rip-and-replace their current telephony infrastructure and operates out of a 40,000 square foot facility with 200 employees. Approximately 22,000 feet of cabling could potentially end up in a landfill. On the other end of the spectrum, a larger facility – such as a cruise ship – could have as much as 750,000 feet of telephony cable. That’s over 11 tons of waste! Many IoT endpoints do not have high bandwidth requirements, meaning upgrading to newer Ethernet cabling is both a waste of budget and an unnecessary burden to the environment.

There’s A Better Way

In EPRA’s 2017 Environmental Report, the organization states “reuse and refurbishment represent the greatest value recovery opportunity from used devices.” Businesses too often rip-and-replace their reliable and proven existing infrastructure in their pursuit of the Internet of Things. Do yourself and the environment a favour, let us help you transform your cabling infrastructure to support IP endpoints.

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NVT Phybridge, Inflow Partner to Help Customers Modernize to IP

Inflow Technologies acts as the perfect link to connect NVT Phybridge to system integrators, resellers and customers.

 

NVT Phybridge, a global leader in long reach power over Ethernet, has formed a strategic partnership with Inflow Technologies, an established player in the IT Distribution service market serving India and South Asia. Inflow will begin offering the NVT Phybridge CHARIoT Series, a portfolio of long reach PoE solutions that help customers modernize to IP with ease. Inflow Technologies acts as the perfect link to connect NVT Phybridge to system integrators, resellers and customers looking to quickly and efficiently turn new or existing infrastructures into IP paths with power.

Customers trust NVT Phybridge CHARIoT solutions to meet their most demanding security and up-time requirements during network changes. The most powerful federal agency in the world, the leader in space research, local and state governments, Fortune 500 companies, leading hospitality brands, colleges and universities have all leveraged CHARIoT Series innovations to eliminate infrastructure barriers and successfully modernize to IP.

“The CHARIoT Series solutions are designed to eliminate every barrier during the upgrade to IP. Security risk and breaches during network refresh is a top concern,” said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Our mission is to help every customer first establish the needed IP platform and extended IP connectivity to places where people are able to do their best work – comfortably, efficiently, and securely. We are excited to have Inflow Technologies help us with our India and South Asia expansion.”

“NVT Phybridge is a global leader in Power Over Long Reach Ethernet (PoLRE), and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them,” said Rajesh Kumar, VP Tech BU of Inflow Technologies. In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of vendors, we look forward to working together on a wide range of strategic projects.

Inflow has tremendous experience in the IT Infrastructure Distribution market and has a team of professionals ready to deliver some of the best distribution services in the market today. NVT Phybridge solutions provide new capabilities to your network to support devices and applications at farther distances. We see this partnership as an important element of our distribution network which will widen the reach of our products and solutions in the market, thereby making it easier for our customers to do business with us. For over a decade, both NVT Phybridge and Inflow Technologies have been engaged in enabling partners and customers to deliver and adopt new technologies, with major recognition from the industry.

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