The market of recommerce, including remanufactured and refurbished electronics, is developing fast. Already worth $9 billion annually, this market is expected to reach heights of $10.6bn by the end of 2025. As we work to reduce our carbon impact, we look to sustainable methods of recycling and the reuse of electrical goods to achieve our pressing sustainability goals. A growing number of industries recognize that consumers and businesses are happy to invest in refurbished products for the benefits they bring, particularly to the environment. So how can you find quality refurbished or remanufactured products in the market that you know you can trust?
A mark of trust
BSI Kitemark is one of the best consumer-recognized marks of trust in this emerging economy and inspires both quality and safety; the Kitemark logos demonstrate dedication to excellence in your field and a commitment to high-quality products. Combined, the Kitemark audited processes to BS 8887 standard mean remanufactured and refurbished electronics are put back out to market as fully functioning and sustainable products.
Establishing trust in an emerging market, such as recommerce, is a challenging task, but one that can be made easier with BSI Kitemark. The Kitemark logo makes it easier for consumers to see that a product or service has been put through a process defined by the industry-recognized standard BS 8887, ensuring the quality of the products brought back to the market. By using Kitemark-certified remanufacturers and reconditioners, you can verify both quality and performance in a sustainable approach to extend the life of electrical and IT items, such as;
- Appliances (including electronics) such as TVs, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and refrigeration products
- Laptop computers
- Appliance parts
Why apply for Kitemark certification?
Kitemark certification is exclusive to BSI and cannot be awarded by any other UKAS-accredited certification body. Our experts ensure that the audited processes meet the requirements of the relevant standards to help you achieve Kitemark certification. A gold standard for safety, performance, and reliability, it can differentiate you from the competition. Trust in emerging industries is key. BSI's new Kitemark schemes will offer assurance of the quality of remanufacturing or reconditioning process, ensuring the quality of these goods and the processes to manufacture them.
A recent BSI internal customer survey (2018) found the below results when investigating the impact of Kitemark.
- 65% said BSI Kitemark increased sales
- 75% said certification helped them attract more customers
- 80% said it improved their business reputation
- 95% of consumers are more likely to buy a BSI-Kitemarked product
A sustainable future
As more and more businesses seek an alternative to our current ‘take, make, and dispose’ economic model, the BSI Kitemark's focus on sustainable practices will boost organizations’ corporate social responsibility credentials to both consumers and competitors. Companies achieving accreditation under the Kitemark will further reinforce their public commitments to sustainability and the circular economy. BSI Kitemark will not only support the increasing demand for affordable goods and growth in the circular economy but also underpin international government initiatives to protect the environment. Certification demonstrates an organizations’ engagement with international frameworks, such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (specifically, the BSI Kitemark will support SDG 12, focusing on responsible consumption and production.)