The idea behind Closing the Loop was born during a project I did in Tanzania, 2010. My former company brought mobile phones to Africa for reuse. There I saw that mobile phones lead to huge problems at the end of their lifespan. Closing the Loop is the result of a long-term effort and strong local networks. I am proud of that.
Joost de Kluijver
I grew up in South Africa and Ghana. After finishing my IT studies and Hotelschool in The Netherlands, I started my own company to improve communication and workflows of organisations and projects. During my work I came across the world of electronic waste and recycling. At Closing the Loop I focus on strengthening the existing networks and helping the organisation grow through my experience and knowledge from Africa.
Contributing to a more social and sustainable world. That’s my mission. Since long I’ve been a catalyst and project lead of several social movements and organisations and I hope to leverage this experience while working on Closing the Loop. A very challenging and urgent matter. Together, I hope to keep on finding innovative solutions for a circular economy that are profitable for everyone.
Josette de Vroeg
After my study communication at the University of Amsterdam I worked at IDFA, TEDxAmsterdam and TTC Mobile, one of the first social enterprises in the Netherlands. At Closing the Loop I work as a Marketing and Communications Manager. What I like most about Closing the Loop is that their unique approach turns waste into a source of income for people in Africa and Asia.
For me, Closing the Loop is the answer to limit the harm of scrap mobile phones. We strive for a circular business model that is profitable for everyone and environmentally friendly at the same time. With my experience in campaigning and network in the world of sustainable electronics I put Closing the Loop on the map.
I have become interested in developments around sustainability during my Master International Development Studies. My curiosity is to discover pro-active and positive solutions to reach a sustainable society. Closing the Loop is a hands-on initiative that could change the world of ICT to a more sustainable and circular sector and have a great social-environmental impact. I am happy that I can contribute to the mission of Closing the Loop during my internship.