Digital & IT

Published: January 16, 2020 | Updated: January 17, 2020

Plastic fantastic! Company makes show debut with stand made entirely of recycled plastic

Pictured building the stand are (top left to right) Leon Lindblad, CFA Co-founder and Director; Fernando Martelli , CFA, and bottom, left to right, Erica Harding, The Guild; Mustafa Salih, The Guild, and Maz Nabulsi, CFA.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Poole company which says it is the lowest carbon producing refurbisher of PCs and laptops in the world is practising what it preaches at a major trade show this month.

CFA Trading Ltd will be making its debut appearance at the Bett Show at London’s Excel with a trade stand made entirely of 100 per cent recycled plastic.

The company has joined forces with The Guild, a Dorset-based team of young architects and designers, to create the stand.

A CGI of the recycled plastic tree

A CGI of the recycled plastic tree

The centrepiece is a 4.1 metre high recycled plastic tree.

The 3D-printed leaves are made from recycled plastic filament while the whole structure of the stand is from recycled plastic stormboard.

After the show it will be repurposed in a dry landscape, or zen, garden which is currently in development

CFA, which was founded 16 years ago, will also be showcasing eco-friendly refurbished and reused PCs, laptops and mobile devices.

Leon Lindblad, Co-founder and Director, said his team were looking forward to sharing their passion for protecting the environment as well as their vision for 100 per cent recycled plastic to save natural resources and create a cleaner, greener planet.

He added: “Supporting education and helping the environment are of paramount importance to our business ethos.”

The Bett Show is the first industry show of the year in the education technology (EdTech) landscape and is held from January 22 to 25.

It brings together more than 800 companies, 103 new EdTech startups and over 34,000 attendees.

CFA will be holding live demonstrations, showing attendees how to recycle their own plastic and transform it into plastic filament used in 3D printers, to create new products.

Participants can also learn about CFA’s Device as a Service (DaaS) offering, leasing refurbished PCs, laptops and mobile devices and also the Access Anytime initiative.

This allows students’ caregivers to economically lease refurbished PCs, laptops and mobile devices from their child’s school.

Demonstrations on how to fully wipe confidential data using cutting-edge Certus software will also take place.

CFA was created by Mr Lindblad and his wife, Joanna, who started trading laptops and PCs from a spare room in their house in 2004. It acquired its first warehouse two years later.

In 2017 the company become the largest Microsoft authorised refurbisher in the UK and Europe with the capacity to test and audit 2,000+ units every day.

CFA uses solar panels to power its facility whilst a biomass boiler provides heat.

  • Watch CFA’s road to the Bett Show here.