Our Story

We love technology. Especially mobile technology. We love the connections it makes, the distances it overcomes, the infrastructure it shortcuts, the opportunities it creates.

But with more mobile phones than people in the world, we believe the future of mobile technology has to be sustainable, ethical, reclaimed, open and kind.

This starts by re-using old phones, to realise the big environmental, social and economic benefits. Especially to those who wouldn't have access to them otherwise.

However, two-thirds of re-used phones are shipped to countries where there is no safe recycling infrastructure. Once the phone reaches the end of its life in these markets, it becomes waste. It's dumped or dangerously recycled on the black market causing great environmental damage and health risks to the workers.

We don't think this is right. We don't think we should be extending the linear life of mobile phones to parts of the world who currently have the least ability to safely recycle them.

We believe that we should be closing the loop of mobile phones' lifecycle. With this belief, after a year of research and feedback from people across the globe, Joost de Kluijver began our journey.

Our mission is to rescue end-of-life phones from emerging markets and recover the embedded materials in the safest possible way. We provide secure and healthy employment. We minimise the environmental harm.

We're transparent. We want to build safe recycling facilities within these markets. This will take time, so for now, we'd love to welcome you to see our recovery networks in Africa.

We're hopeful for the future. We collaborate with others who turn the recovered materials into the next generation of beautiful, thoughtful, long-lasting products. With less impact on the environment.

We know it's a big challenge. E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. So, we'd love to hear from you. We'd love to work with you.

We want to build the solution faster.

 

Closing the Loop is a social enterprise and we're proud to be working with many companies who support our mission, including ING Bank, Schiphol Group, the Dutch government, KPMG, the Dutch Railway company.