Friday, October 27, 2017

Circular economy is gaining momentum

In previous posts, we’ve talked about the Circular Economy where materials get recovered and reused repeatedly, shunning the Take-Make-Waste economy we have now.

There’s evidence that this idea is taking hold in the US.
Verizon, for example, has built a best-in-class reverse logistics system to take back mobile phones after consumers upgrade to a new model. Precious metals and reusable microelectronic components are worth real money, so Verizon treats them as a significant raw material source. HP has done the same thing with printer supplies and now claims that 75% of its ink cartridges are made with "closed loop" recycled plastic.

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