Plastic waste & recycling
Circulor proves chain of custody for manufactured and recycled materials, ensuring that recyclable waste enters and exits the recycling process successfully.
When it comes to the global crisis of plastic pollution, cleaning the ocean is not the solution. Instead there are 4 things we must do to tackle this issue:
Drastically limit single-use plastics
Better manage waste on land
Prevent plastics from reaching the sea
Invent new materials
Circulor's solution helps ensure we better manage waste on land, which in turn helps to prevent plastics from reaching the sea. It enables closed loop recycling of plastics - a circular economy that returns plastic to where it's supposed to be.
The Circulor System enables suppliers and buyers to follow raw materials through the production process, something that has not previously been possible.
Materials like cobalt, tantalum and mica are associated with issues such as child labour, slavery, theft of natural resources, environmental damage and human rights abuses, which are common but often not seen by consumers and manufacturers.
For manufacturers this a mainstream problem, and in many cases they don't buy these materials directly, but they are incorporated into products, sometimes by their Tier 3 and 4 suppliers. Traceability requires reaching far upstream and being able to track material flows through refining, amalgamation and manufacture.
Agriculture & forestry
The Circulor Platform can be used to track the provenance of any material, such as palm oil, cotton, beef and timber, allowing users to demonstrate sustainable sourcing and recycling practices.
There are sustainability concerns surrounding most natural resources. Responsible agriculture and forestry is a key theme of the UN sustainable development goals.
Deforestation, industrial farming, flooding and water consumption, chemical contamination and dislocation of communities are just some of the issues that both manufacturers and consumers need to be aware of.
Circulor's platform can ensure closed loop recycling of electronics and prove the recycling or disposal process is conducted responsibly.
Waste is a strategic resource, not rubbish and it is a $50bn industry. There were 50 million tonnes of e-waste generated globally in 2018, with Europe being the most wasteful per capita at 15.6kg per person.
Lowering the amount of electronics entering the waste stream and improving end of life handling are essential for building a more circular economy, where waste is reduced, resources are conserved and are fed back into the supply chain for new products.
Furthermore many of the issues found in extractive industries will be reduced if electronics are properly recycled, as this will reduce the reliance on newly mined material.