Natural Evolution, a Native American, woman-owned electronics recycling company based in Tulsa, Okla., has become the state’s first recycler certified to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronics, according to a press release from the Basel Action Network (BAN). Seattle-based BAN administers the e-Stewards program.
Natural Evolution says it received e-Stewards certification after passing a rigorous audit to ensure globally responsible handing of electronic scrap. Companies applying for e-Stewards certification also must have an ISO 14001 environmental management system certification. Natural Evolution also received R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) certification, a second certification for the electronics recycling industry.
According to Traci Phillips, CEO of Natural Evolution, her decision to undergo certification confirms the company's decade-long commitment to recycling electronics without causing environmental, economic or social harm anywhere in the world.
"It is our belief that the e-Stewards Standard is by far the most rigorous and responsible standard that exists today for the electronics recycling industry," Phillips says. "It provides for the continuous monitoring and auditing of downstream recyclers and material flow, ensures the proper handling of e-waste and prevents the illicit export of hazardous waste to developing countries."
Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN, says, "We're thrilled to have Natural Evolution as a member of our growing community of responsible certified e-Stewards recyclers. They bring truly responsible electronics recycling services to companies and communities throughout the Southwest and Midwest regions of the United States."