The idea behind Closing the Loop was born during a project I did in Tanzania, 2010. My former company brought mobile phone to Africa for reuse. There I saw that mobile phones lead to huge problems at the end of their lifespan. Closing the Loop is the result of a long-term effort and strong local networks. I am proud of that.
Joost de Kluijver
I grew up in South Africa and Ghana. After finishing my IT studies and Hotelschool in The Netherlands, I started my own company to improve communication and workflows of organisations and projects. During my work I came across the world of electronic waste and recycling. At Closing the Loop I focus on strengthening the existing networks and helping the organisation grow through my experience and knowledge from Africa.
I have over a decade’s experience helping some of the world’s biggest brands deliver positive social and environmental impact, including growing O2 Recycle to become the largest MNO phone recycling service in Europe and raising over $185m through the sale of (RED) products to help fight HIV and AIDS in Africa. Closing the Loop allows us to not only recycle mobile phones but safely re-use their materials while providing reliable employment in Africa.
Josette de Vroeg
After my study communication at the University of Amsterdam I worked at IDFA, TEDxAmsterdam and TTC Mobile, one of the first social enterprises in the Netherlands. At Closing the Loop I work as a Marketing and Communications Manager. What I like most about Closing the Loop is that their unique approach turns waste into a source of income for people in Africa and Asia.
For me, Closing the Loop is the answer to limit the harm of scrap mobile phones. We strive for a circular business model that is profitable for everyone and environmentally friendly at the same time. With my experience in campaigning and network in the world of sustainable electronics I put Closing the Loop on the map.