By now, everyone has heard of the massive earthquake which struck Haiti last week. Undoubtedly, everyone has heard horrid stories of devastation. As I wondered what to write this week’s blog about, I found an article, which really speaks for itself, and I just wanted to make our blog followers aware of this cause, because it is a wonderful way to incorporate ewaste issues along with charity.
ReCellular is an organization which collects old phones from consumers like you and I and then donates them to charities. They have worked with charities such as the Red Cross, March of Dimes, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Now, they are teaming up with the Red Cross and all of their efforts in Haiti for a program called Phones for Haiti. This program only takes a few minutes to complete. All you need is an old cell phone. If you visit the program website, you can print a free shipping label to use for your phone and mail this package out. Once ReCellular receives your phone, they will estimate its value and give 100% of the proceeds to Red Cross.
Before sending out your cell phone, make sure to delete any personal information from it. ReCellular will send you a specific how-to guide once you provide information about your cell phone make and model. (http://www.recellular.com/recycling/data_eraser/default.asp)