Extending ICT benefits at the end-of-life...
Access to information and communication technology is a key driver for the development of any society in today's world, contributing to the elimination of poverty, disease and contributes to better education and gender equality.
The benefits of ICT can be delivered through new or reconditioned electronics. In a lot of developing countries, the cost of new equipment is often an access barrier to ICT. In these countries, high quality computers which have lived a first life in OECD countries provide the solution to this problem if given a second life in developing countries.
However, new or reconditioned, when ICT equipment has reached its end-of-life, it can pose a serious environmental threat. While much of the Western world has the necessary infrastructure and regulatory support to oversee proper management of e-waste, the developing world often lacks the needed expertise and infrastructure.
It is here that WorldLoop creates a win-win solution.
WorldLoop is an international non-profit organization committed to extending the positive impact of ICT projects in developing countries by offsetting the negative environmental impact of its hardware.
Through facilitating the creation of accessible, environmentally sound, socially responsible and sustainable e-waste recycling solutions in these regions and a pragmatic ‘like-for-like’ recycling based on the sale and management of E-resource certificates, WorldLoop turns e-waste into sustainable, human and economic resources.
A word from Desmond Tutu
It takes a village...
Through its network of partners and donors, WorldLoop provides developing countries with professional mindshare to enable the creation of a sustainable e-waste management system. WorldLoop helps local communities establish an efficient, operational and auto-funded system for e-waste collection and recycling. In turn, these systems contribute to solving the environmental threat that e-waste represents and stimulate the local economy through job creation. By fostering proper e-waste management, WorldLoop contributes to the environmentally sound and sustainable use of ICT in developing countries.