Material Recovery Program powered by Eco-Train
Phone Experts is proud to be a Platinum Partner of Eco-Train and their efforts to become a circular economy engine, eliminating post consumer waste in the most simple and effective way.
The Material Recovery Program provides both Phone Experts and Consumers a way to effectively reduce and eliminate the amount of plastic waste generated by the wireless industry. Next time you stop into any Phone Experts retail location, you can return all your unwanted cellular accessories & electronics for recycling and upcycling!
Now accepting the following smartphone accessories and electronics:
- Phones, tablets, and smart watches
- Phone and tablet cases
- Data cables, charging hubs and portable chargers.
- Mounts and screen protectors/screen protector trays
- Bluetooth products (ear buds and speakers)
- Wired earbuds
- Tracking devices (Apple AirTags/Tiles)
Environmental Responsibility Fee:
Introduction of the Phone Experts Environmental Responsibility Fee of 50 cents per item.
What the Environmental Responsibility Fee will cover:
- Collecting, packaging, and shipping all wireless accessories & electronics to eco-train’s headquarters
- Platinum sponsorship fees of Eco-Train and their efforts to advance the circular economy through shared producer and consumer responsibility, resource recovery and innovative technologies to eliminate waste
- Sourcing recycled/ compostable paper for our client appreciation notes
- Sourcing non-plastic, re-usable shopping bags
- Investing any remaining funds at year-end to advertise and market our commitment to environmental responsibility
* The intention of this fee is not to turn a profit. We will adjust it accordingly, if what we collect far exceeds our costs to run the program.
The Circular Economy In Canada
The existing problem:
Humanity’s current level of consumption is exceeding Earth’s ability to sustain it. In the current linear economy, raw materials are extracted to produce goods that are used and then discarded as waste. Though much of what we discard still holds value, just a small portion of materials is cycled back into the economy. The vast majority ends up in landfills, incinerated, or is released into the environment.
The linear economic model of “take, make, use, waste” is no longer viable. Although it has generated an enormous amount of wealth, it has also contributed to excessive extraction of natural resources and accumulation of waste. The linear production system is pushing the planet past its ecological limits and regenerative abilities. As well, it is exacerbating social injustices through the inequitable impact of pollution and distribution of wealth.
The solution: Canadian industry must transition away from the traditional “take-make-use-waste” linear economy toward a more sustainable, circular economy.
What is a circular economy?
The circular economy is a different way of doing business.
The way our economies extract, use, then dispose of resources is putting pressure on our natural systems, communities, and public health. This is a linear economy—it moves in a straight line from resource extraction to waste disposal.
In a circular economy, nothing is waste. The circular economy retains and recovers as much value as possible from resources by reusing, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing, repurposing, or recycling products and materials.
It’s about using valuable resources wisely, thinking about waste as a resource instead of a cost, and finding innovative ways to better the environment and the economy.
The circular economy has the ability not only to ease the ecological crisis, but also to create jobs and mitigate social injustices, while allowing Canada to remain economically competitive. The circular economy is increasingly viewed as a desirable future for all economies, and Canada is well positioned to make the transition by coupling a national strategy with regional ventures.
Given the obvious benefits of the circular economy, we may ask why Canada’s economy is not more circular. This is because transitioning from a linear economy to a circular one requires most economic and social systems to change. Governments will need to embrace innovative policy measures and to coordinate the collection, pricing, and reuse of waste across all levels and jurisdictions. Businesses will need to adopt new business models and rework their supply chains. People will need to consume, use, reuse, and access services in new ways. As well, the circular economy will inevitably create winners and losers, and such shifts are especially difficult in an economy that is grounded in natural resource extraction. However, these systems can be changed—not through the action of any single actor, but by everyone coming together and playing a part.
Eco-friendly mobile accessories
Moving towards an eco-friendlier future in retail
At Phone Experts, we work hard to source the very best quality products for our clients, and to provide more eco-friendly accessories, we seek out brands such as:
- Gear4– Gear4 cases with D3O® Bio: containing 52% renewable plant-based materials with no compromise on impact protection.
- Pela– Made with 100% compostable Biopolymer & plant fiber materials and have 100% plastic free packaging.
- Lifeproof Wake– Phone cases that are manufactured with over 85% ocean based recycled plastic.
- Otterbox Defender XT Series– Made with 50% recycled plastics.
- The NUTRISITI by Uunique London Eco- Friendly line- Made with customized blends of 100% biodegradable/compostable polymers and plant-based materials and housed in plastic free packaging.
- Nimble– Using post-consumer recycled plastic & silicone to manufactuer and house their charging products, and provide plastic free packaging.