April 22nd is Earth Day and this year's global theme is “invest in our planet.” At SMART, we understand we’re a small piece of the puzzle, with an opportunity to make a large impact on the environment. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything in our power to make a sustainable product - from design and engineering to shipping to how long it will work well in a classroom (spoiler: a long time!). From a product’s initial design phase to its end of life, we’re driven to make the environment better and our operations and supply chains more green.
This Earth Day, we’re encouraging everyone to dig deeper into EdTech company’s sustainability efforts to better “invest in our planet.” And to kick things off, here are just a few of our sustainability and environmental efforts we take pride in at SMART.
The lifecycle of your display
We are committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values on human rights, ethics, and environmental responsibility. We’re diligent about working with suppliers that source conflict-free minerals. Beyond that, we’re actively using more sustainable methods of manufacturing. For instance, the SMART Board MX V4 is manufactured with 100% renewable (solar!) energy. You can feel good about where your product is coming from and how it was made.
SMART displays have a seriously long lifespan. We test our displays for up to 50,000 hours of usage - that’s over 10 years use! We design our displays to support over-the-air updates and upgradable computing modules that make a huge difference in the longevity of your displays. The result is fewer product replacements, less e-waste and better functionality long-term. As a teacher, you might even be having a retirement party WITH your SMART display!
We consider more than just the product
We think about the carbon footprint of the shipping and delivery process so you don't have to. SMART displays come in recyclable packaging that has been optimized and redesigned to use less materials and to fit up to 30% more displays onto pallets and into shipping containers. It is the slimmest packaging on the market AND it does not compromise the safety of your products.
We worry about these things so you don’t have to!
Going beyond the classroom
If you visited us at our booth at Bett 2023, you may have seen our ‘living wall.’ To show you just how committed to the environment we are, we are planting a tree for everyone who entered our SMART Board MX series giveaway at Bett 2023. As well, we’re planting a tree for every SMART employee as a way to thank them for their continued commitment to SMART and the environment.
Did you know that SMART is a Canadian company? Because our roots are in the Great White North, we’re planting the trees in British Columbia Canada that are native to the land.
Sustainability is one of our guiding principles here at SMART and will continue to be on our path to Net Zero. Learn more about our on-going sustainability efforts here.