|Joost de Kluijver|
Director, Closing the Loop
As the founder of social enterprise Closing the Loop (CTL), Joost de Kluijver has brought 'urban mining' to Asia and Africa. His organization buys broken mobile phones (e-waste) in emerging markets, enabling their proper recycling. Joost also worked in and co-owned an international electronics re-use company. He now uses his experience to “make mobile phone usage sustainable” at CTL. CTL has set up practical waste collection projects in collaboration with the informal industry, in Asia and Africa. This has resulted in two million scrap phones being saved from local dumps. The concept leads to less waste and less pollution, while adding to urban mining, to clean jobs in poor countries and to awareness on waste management. CTL created a business model based on this experience. It offers partners and customers on-demand waste collection. Based on the concept of carbon offsetting, CTLs approach allows for the material footprint of a phone to be offset. This circular services offers a practical and effective first step towards a waste free industry. Joost has also worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative.