The circular economy, a new way of dealing with components and materials, is high on the agenda of the European Union and various Belgian governments. The objective is to guarantee economic growth without exceeding our planet’s capacity. 

The goal is then promote the use of recycled materials to reduce our dependence on importing primary raw materials, among others.

Digital Europe, the European federation of the digital technological industry, has published an interesting paper on the state of affairs of recycled plastics in ICT products.

The opportunities are clear:

  • Using recycled plastics saves material and energy use, as well as lowers environmental impact.
  • It creates the possibility of anticipating the increasing demand of consumers for ‘green’ products.
  • It suits the efforts of companies for corporate social responsibility and can be a flagship for the brand.
  • It contributes to innovation in product and process design.

However, there are many obstacles in the market and in legislation:

  • Harmonising the use of recycled plastics with meeting European chemical legislation is not obvious.
  • There are concerns among producers about the availability of sufficiently large, continuous and high quality streams of recycled plastics.

Digital Europe therefore suggests providing financial incentives and R&D support for using recycled plastics. Moreover, the importance of adapted product design is being emphasised as well as a dialogue between producers and recyclers about the quantity and quality of recycled plastics.

Agoria believes in industry-driven initiatives to promote the use of recycled plastics.Let yourself be inspired by the ‘best practices’of Agoriamember companies Dell, Lexmark, Lenovo, Océ, Samsung and Sony that are dealt with in this paper. These companies are fully focused on using recycled plastics in their ICT products as part of their sustainability strategy.