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Closing the loop!

Originally published at: https://www.fairphone.com/en/2020/10/01/closing-the-loop/

It’s no secret – We’re out to change the electronics industry. Together with an amazing network of changemakers, we’re disrupting a short-term way of thinking that the world can no longer afford.

These are the folks that inspired this podcast, because all of these projects and initiatives are breaking new ground and the pioneers usually have great stories to tell. Fairtalks #6 is no different. We’re joined by Joost de Kluijver and Reinhardt Smit, the minds behind Closing The Loop.

 Miquel, Reinhardt and Joost close the loop in our little recording studio.

In short: Together, we’ve delivered a result deemed impossible by many. We turned the most problematic waste stream in tech into commercial, societal and environmental value. The business case for African scrap battery recycling is now proven – and ready to be scaled.

Join our host Miquel, as his two guests take him on a journey towards real, impactful change.

Read more about the business case for African battery recycling in Closing the Loop’s whitepaper based on our learnings from the project.

Bumping this because the headline is missing what this is actually about:

Battery recycling

I think this deserves a bit of attention, and it reminds me of how Fairphone shipped electronic waste back from Ghana a couple of years ago. To find out in how far Fairphone is involved in this particular shipment by Closing the Loop, you’ll probably need to give Fairtalk #6 a listen :angel:

About the project

More than 5,000kg of batteries were collected in Nigeria, before being shipped to Europe for safe recycling earlier in 2020. As part of the pilot scheme, the batteries were safely collected by paying local communities in Nigeria to prevent the batteries from going to landfills.

Note: Audio quality gets much better after the brief introduction, so don’t give up prematurely :slight_smile:

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