Closing the Loop has won the Circular Award 2018. The company recycled over two million phones and was praised by the jury for its sound business case. The award was presented by Stientje van Veldhoven, Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management. The ceremony was the kick-off of the third Week of the Circular Economy.
Closing the Loop recycles end-of-life smartphones in developing countries. The company has already saved two million phones from the landfill. This way, they reduce CO2 emissions and create income for people in developing countries. Closing the Loop enables companies to compensate for the use of materials in new telephones, by reusing as much used materials. The jury praises this ‘material-neutral’ concept. Chairman Prof. Louise Vet: “The enormous impact that Closing the Loop makes with their sound business model is admirable”.
About the Dutch Circular Award
Out of no fewer than 140 submissions, a professional jury has chosen the most iconic circular projects in the categories Biomass & Food, Construction, Consumer Goods, Plastics, and Manufacturing. The five finalists pitched their ideas in the battle for the Circular Award 2018. The prize is an initiative of Nederland Circulair! in collaboration with the government-wide programme ‘A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050’.
Prior to the award ceremony, five transition agendas were officially presented and handed over to the drafters of the Raw Materials Agreement (Grondstoffenakkoord). The agendas contain proposals that accelerate the change to a circular economy. The themes of the agendas correspond to the five categories of the Circular Award. The event enclosing the presentation of the agendas and the award ceremony were the official start of the third Week of the Circular Economy.
About the Week of the Circular Economy
From 15 till 19 January 2018, Nederland Circular! organised the Week of the Circular Economy for the third time. During this week, there were more than 50 inspiring events to visit throughout the country, from lecture to workshop or breakfast session. Circular leaders talked about their best and worst practices and do’s and don’ts. The aim of the Week is to inspire visitors to take circular steps and to provide them with concrete guidelines. The Week of the Circular Economy is made possible by Havep.