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Creating an extra "green" garden with recycled cartridges

Thanks to an Australian resource recovery and recycling company, Close the Loop, it is now possible to landscape your garden and help the environment by using recycled printing consumables. Close the Loop, which is a partner of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and its participating OEM manufacturers, which include Brother, Epson and HP, "is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to-landfill" and has come up with several initiatives and products to help it achieve this goal. Among these initiatives is eWood Gardens, owned by Newtecpoly, which is described as "a functional and sustainable replacement material for timber, concrete, brick and steel which can be used for garden beds, flooring and more." eWood's garden beds are created using recycled printer cartridges, with a single tiered raised garden containing approximately 100 cartridges. So far, eWood Gardens "have purchased around 10 tonnes of recycled printer cartridge material from Close the Loop for eWood production." Close the Loop has also been responsible for the development of TonerPave, "a low-carbon road surface" produced in collaboration with Downer EDI, as well as TonerSealTM, which is made from "20 percent recycled waste toner and used tyre rubber."

Close the Loop (CtL) is an international company headquartered in Australia with operations in Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe based in Belgium. Now employing more than 200 people, CtL is recognized as the global leader in imaging consumables takes back programs. Founded in 2001 with a zero waste to landfill brand promise, CtL has successfully adhered to that promise. In 2003, Close the Loop partnered with Planet Ark to create the Cartridges for Planet Ark (C4PA) program. This program is one of the most successful voluntary stewardship programs in the world. In 2007, Close the Loop took the success they had in Australia and expanded to the United States. Here they expanded the relationships they had with the imaging companies and began to service their sustainability initiatives on a global level. Then again in 2016, Close the Loop acquired Clozdloop BVBA, a company based in Belgium whose services aligned with CtL's. Known globally for being a resource recovery and sustainability solutions provider, CtL helps major imaging companies become sustainability pace-setters within the industry. Today, Close the Loop translates that success and experience across all industries, in all regions of the world. CtL is broadening their horizons managing other streams that leverage our existing skills and adding new capabilities to the business while staying true to their core values of transparency, innovation and integrity.


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