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Author: Dave Van der Zande

USB-C common charging port to combat e-waste

EU agreement on common charger paves the way for curbing e-waste

By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras and other portable devices in the European Union. The new law is designed to combat e-waste and adds convenience for consumers. Back in September 2021, the European Commission took

Apple Self Service Repair

Apple expands Self Service Repair to eight European countries

Apple is making its Self Service Repair available in a eight European countries. This will help consumers to keep products for longer instead of purchasing new ones. At the same time, the service has faced some criticism for being too difficult for the average consumer

Circular Awards 2023

Flex IT and HP Nederland shortlisted for ‘Circular Awards 2023’

Flex IT and HP Nederland have been shortlisted for the ‘Circular Awards 2023 ’ in the ‘Business Large’ category. The finalists of these prestigious awards will be announced on January 16th 2023 and the winners will be presented with an award at the National Circular

Recycling of metals

Research: ‘Recycling of metal needs to improve’

A group of European scientists have examined the status of the extraction and reuse of metals, and their research concludes that in many cases sorting and recycling must improve. The metals with the highest rate of losses are found among laptops. The research group led by

Refurbished phones

Europeans more demanding when purchasing circular phones

A study (2022) conducted in eight European countries into the market of circular phones show that consumers are still not fully inclined to purchasing used phones. Buying refurbished phones from specialists however, is a much more appealing option. The research, the Recommerce Barometer 2022, is conducted

Smartphones easier repairable

Circular breakthrough imminent with ecodesign for smartphones

A proposed law is turning the world of smartphones and tablets upside down in Europe. Ecodesign will become the new standard, ensuring that devices are more energy and resource efficient, have a longer lifespan and are easier to repair. Smartphones and tablets in Europe have to

Make your company sustainable

5 steps to make your business more sustainable

Not only is sustainability rising up the priority list of boards and chief executive managers, it’s also rapidly becoming an essential factor for businesses and consumers alike. Ultimately, how green an organisation is perceived to be can have a significant impact on customers’ decisions to

Greening and Digitizing

The Netherlands plans to get green and digitize

The Netherlands is requesting money from the European Recovery Fund and is focusing on greening and digitizing the economy. The ultimate goal is to become climate neutral. The government wants to use the European money to invest in cleaner inland shipping, offshore wind energy, hydrogen and

Circular Economy investments

Dutch companies invest heavily in circular economy

Last year, the circular economy in the Netherlands grew substantially due to business investments in innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and production methods. The investments are attractive to companies through tax benefits. Investments in the circular economy grew to no less than 1,085 million euros. Two