The Three Paths to Recovery: Recycling, Reuse or R&D
By Simon Williams · May 8, 2019
This is no easy feat, and it's made possible through organisations like Close the Loop who have the expertise and infrastructure in place to facilitate the separation of materials to a new usable form, ensuring the security of the product and its core elements. This breaking down and repurposing of parts makes up the Circular Economy solution that Closes the Loop, aided by Cartridges Direct, follows in three paths:
Close the Loop is synonymous with the circular economy movement, committed to re-using and re-applying all the parts that make up printer cartridges, as well as other technologies. Due to the complicated design of units like printer cartridges, there is an economic and environmental push to re-use these metals and materials, especially with so many cartridges still in optimal condition after use. TonerPave™ is just one of the initiatives pioneered by Close the Loop which retrieves raw materials when they are recovered and then creates asphalt with the materials, which is then used to lay roads. From toner to the tarmac, Close The Loop is literally paving the way to a more sustainable future. All of the Original Printer Cartridge manufacturers, those that have the same name as your printer, support this movement, reducing theirs, as well as your carbon footprint in the process. Not one compatible printer cartridge manufacturer do anything to support this program.
Many businesses believe that recycling is as easy as tossing used goods into the green recycling bin. This isn’t necessarily incorrect, but there are more steps that can be taken when recycling technologies effectively. Recognised and awarded for sustainable entrepreneurship, Close the Loop specialise in recycling initiatives beyond printing practises. Identifying that the average person has more than 1.4 phones in their possession, the MobileMuster program was born out of necessity. Offering the public a safe way to dispose of mobile phones, without the fear of data theft, MobileMuster can collect mobile phones or they can be deposited inside a printer cartridge collection box to be recycled. Batteryback has a similar origin story, with only a staggering 3% of batteries recycled with the rest ending up in a landfill. Given that 90% of batteries contain valuable materials and minerals, Close the Loop has created a timely solution to this issue.
These initiatives are great in theory, but you may be thinking that not all of your material can be recovered and used again. This is where the R&D team adds the most value, tackling those challenging materials and developing products and manufacturing channels that will best benefit from those specialised materials. Demonstrating once again the power creative thinking, Close the Loop is reducing cost barriers with their recycled products, as well as forging new patterns in sustainability.
If you identify as an individual or business that is looking to integrate a sustainability approach to your ways of working, start with your office and the supplies that power your work. CartridgesDirect is proudly supporting the innovation led by Close the Loop, providing customers with the opportunity to reuse, recycle and facilitate the R&D process.