IT entrepreneur Günther Bonin on his maritime waste collection
New ways to combat plastic waste in the oceans
We mustn’t forget that plastic is just one element of a much bigger problem
Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President, Group Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Deutsche Telekom until the end of 2021, in an interview on resource conservation and circular economy
Ms. Klesper, plastic is poisoning the oceans – is it time for a rethink?
Can you explain that in more detail?
What exactly is meant by a “circular economy”?
You want to see responsible management of resources – what are the best ways of achieving this?
But data needs to be stored somewhere, even in the cloud.
What else is Deutsche Telekom doing in terms of conserving resources?
We have made environmental protection part of the programWhether in our company or with our suppliers and customers, we aim to boost the responsible handling of resources at all levels of our value chain. To this end, we are reducing resource consumption in our company, cutting waste, and ensuring proper disposal and recycling. We work closely with our suppliers to make our products more environmentally friendly. We are cutting down on packaging and help our customers reduce their own environmental footprint with our sustainable products and solutions. We make sustainability benefits transparent using our #GoodMagenta and #GreenMagenta labels. We take used devices back and ensure they are reused or properly recycled. Our networks enable sharing platforms. In addition to this, we are notably promoting resource conservation by virtualizing our products.
Less is more
A cloud that conserves resources
We save up to 70 metric tons of paper a year thanks to custom-fit boxes for our products.
Technology in a made-to-measure suit
More than 320 voluntary “Green Pioneers” within Deutsche Telekom in Germany are committed to improving resource conservation and are driving the transformation to an even more sustainable company from within.
Green Pioneers – our sustainability ambassadors
Dedicated to a longer life for devices
Millions of used cell phones lie abandoned in household drawers, no longer being used – a considerable treasure trove of raw materials. Up to 100 percent of the materials can be reused – as recycled metals or for energy generation. We voluntarily go beyond legal requirements when it comes to reusing or properly recycling used cell phones and other used devices. The OTE Group is one of the first companies in Greece to recondition modems and TV decoders. Returned devices are given a check, repaired, and returned to use. If repair is not possible, the equipment goes to licensed disposal companies. In 2021, the Group collected more than 480 000 devices, more than 260 000 of which could be reconditioned for use while 200 000 were recycled.
In the USA, mobile customers can hand in their electronic devices to T-Mobile US – whether a cell phone, battery, accessory, tablet, or laptop, and regardless of brand and model. These devices are also reconditioned to be returned to use or, if that’s not possible, they are recycled. T-Mobile US collects millions of used cell phones on an annual basis. Since 2008, more than 35 million refurbished devices have been resold.