We at the Alinker, manufacture Alinkers and they get out there in the world, thousands of them. And that is cool, changing lives and giving people more range and independence. But, the process of manufacturing aluminum frames, rubber tires, metal parts and international shipping is not a process that has a small footprint on this earth. We are well aware and build and improve our supply chain to minimize the negative impact.
We manufacture in a mindful way, making sure that everybody in the supply chain is treated well, factories have air and water treatment facilities, use minimal amounts of plastic, use recycled materials for our packaging, and partnered with Treesisters.org to employ women in the lungs of the earth, to plant trees. We have planted 7 trees per Alinker so far. See calculation
But the process is not complete. With thousands of Alinkers out in the world, what happens with them when people are no longer able to use them? We like to complete the cycle of manufacturing to end of life of the product with our audacious Alinker C2C launch!
“Cradle to cradle can be defined as the design and production of products of all types in such a way that at the end of their life, they can be truly recycled. Technical materials that stay in closed-loop technical cycles. It could be argued that cradle to cradle is equivalent to true sustainability – through the technical components used, all products become sustainable as nothing becomes waste which cannot be reused”. Quoted
We launch this project in the full awareness that for now we aim for the full Cradle to Cradle cycle, but we need to build and experiment with it, to see what is possible, see what kind of volumes we are looking at, and at what costs / benefits.
So, this is our initial plan, and we will adjust and tweak as we go and keep you informed.
We are starting in the US (and for US customers only at this point) on our Alinker Family Farm in Kentucky where we have the initial workshop and storage space for returned Alinkers and where we can build the capacity for refurbishing, recycling, repurposing and local employment.
We offer 2 options:
We give you $200 cash for your Alinker and we cover shipping back to the farm (you pack it)
You contribute, and we pay for a complete ‘Cradle2Cradle’ cycle, whereby Alinkers are either:
Re-furbished - then used for farm visitors or donated
Re-cycled - usable parts are reused, some parts are recycled
Up-cycled - usable parts are reused
Re-purposed - parts are redesigned for different purposes
Re-destined - parts of the frame are used to create new products
This approach contributes to:
- Employment of more Alinker users
- More than carbon neutral operations – we will plant 2 more trees for each Alinker returned
- Engagement with designers for repurposing parts
- A line of new Alinker products from repurposing parts
- No landfill
- Awareness about practices that lead to a healthier planetA
*If your Alinker is rather new and you want more cash for it, you can always sell it online.
You live in the USA and had your Alinker for more than 5 years, you can ship it back (to the Alinker Family Farm) and pay shipping. We will sell you a brand new Alinker for half the price. We refurbish – recycle etc. your returned Alinker, as all mentioned above. This is only for original buyers of NEW Alinkers in the USA, and you need the date of warranty registration or invoice.
I know right? We keep adding benefits to the Alinker!
Together we move differently
If you are interested in the buy back+ or swap and renew+ options,
send us an email