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Red Energy and Lumo Energy turn laptops into lunch

Red Energy and Lumo Energy turn laptops into lunch

With the help of social enterprise PonyUp for Good and IT experts SXiQ, Red Energy and Lumo Energy have managed to turn 20,426kg of old technology into 46,905 fresh healthy meals for food rescue charity SecondBite.

During a recent relocation of Red Energy and Lumo Energy, the energy retailer found they had over 2,300 surplus old computers, laptops and monitors.  Determined to find a solution that was socially, environmentally and commercially responsible, they called in PonyUp for Good and SXiQ to help.

The equipment, including cables, monitor arms, PCs and printers were handed over to SXiQ where they were wiped, debadged and then remarketed by PonyUp for Good where possible.  The remainder were recycled. PonyUp for Good donated 50% of their profits from the resale of technology, to SecondBite; enough to pay for an incredible 46,905 fresh, healthy meals, for people across the country experiencing food insecurity.

Iain Graham, CEO of Red Energy and Lumo Energy said the environmental and social outcomes far exceeded the investment and expectations.  “To think that we’ve saved more than 20,000kg of old IT equipment from landfill is satisfying. But even better, that we’ve been able to recycle and sell a lot of that equipment, channelling the profits raised into helping a charity like SecondBite is just wonderful.”

Mardi Brown, Co-Founder at PonyUp for Good said “Through our partnership with SXiQ, Red Energy & Lumo Energy have now been able to deliver such a cool brand story and legacy from their recent relocation… Their enthusiasm for this initiative was through the roof from day one - It’s been a win for everyone…’

David Erenboim, GM of Sales & Strategy at SXiQ said ‘We were thrilled to help foster this new partnership with Red Energy & Lumo Energy, having the one collective goal of ‘turning laptops into lunch.’

On a recent visit to SecondBite, Lumo Energy’s Nadia Olliver said “I felt proud working for a company that is helping others.  To see how our donation contributed to tackling food waste and poverty in Australia was humbling”.

For more details and photos please contact

Rachel Friend (Red Energy) 0417 500 915


About Red Energy and Lumo Energy:

Red Energy is the multi award winning retail arm of Snowy Hydro Limited, who own and operate the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.  In 2014 Snowy added Lumo Energy to its retail portfolio, boosting the household and business retail customer base to more than one million account holders. Between the two retailers they employ 1200 staff who work in the historic Bryant and May building in Richmond, Melbourne.

About PonyUp for Good:

PonyUp for Good is a social enterprise, working with some of Australia’s largest businesses, helping them achieve their sustainability & community impact goals. How? Businesses donate their decommissioned technology to us. We then data erase it, debadge and remarket it in bulk, diverting toxic chemicals from our soil & waterways. The kicker - We then donate 50% of profits to SecondBite, Australia’s leading fresh food rescue charity.

About SXiQ:

SXiQ provides a broad range of ICT services from planning and design right through to implementation, integration and ongoing operational support services. They have a simple mantra – to create positive, lasting relationships which inspire everyone around them, through clever technology solutions.

About SecondBite:

SecondBite is Australia’s leading food rescue charity. They exist to provide access to fresh nutritious food for people in need. They do this by stopping good food going to waste, sourced from supermarkets, farmers and wholesalers across Australia.

Last year SecondBite rescued 13.8 Million kilograms of food, redistributed it to over 1300 food relief agencies across the country, feeding over 75,000 people every single day!