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I’m baaaaccccckkk…sorry for the late update I realized my posting was saved in the drafts and not published this week, but you will enjoy this one. I spent a lot of time researching how I can put money back into my friends and family’s wallet, who donated their electronics over the last week. I made a spreadsheet of all the items they donated and amazing to see  A LOT of old cellphones. Not surprised we all now the average life of a cellphone is around 18 months. I am having a contest amongst those who participated in my efforts to erase e-waste. I am giving away two $25 gift card to the winners that gets top dollar for their re-sell of electronics and who donates the most electronics/appliances [ends Nov 22nd]. I know, I know I am generous but this is a business and without incentive you will not get too much engagement from others. Plus I calculated up my savings on what I found that I could re-sell but before I get into numbers let’s talk about how we can give back to our community with your electronics as well as save our environment from toxic pollution. Discarded cell phones account for nearly 65,000 tons of toxic waste each year. Cell phone recycling is critical because each improperly disposed cell phone can pollute up to 132,000 liters of water.

Do something about it, are you ready? This is how you can help-

Enjoy the list of places where your contribution is priceless:

  1. Even without a wireless service plan, donated cell phones are reusable because any working mobile phone can dial a 911 call center (an FCC requirement). As a result, recycled cell phones can be used as emergency lifelines for:
    •    senior centers
    •    senior citizens living alone, who are especially vulnerable to accidents
    •    senior citizens with disabilities and limited incomes, who are especially vulnerable to elder abuse (physical abuse, assault, exploitation, or neglect.
  2. Habitat for Humanity – Your old appliances could make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. Visit the Habitat for Humanity website to find out how, or contact them at 1-800-HABITAT.
  3. American Council for the Blind – Help the blind and visually impaired gain independence by donating appliances to the ACB (American Council for the Blind). Visit their website or contact them at 1-800-866-3242 for more information.
  4. The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has thrift stores all across the country and do a great deal to help the less fortunate. To find out more about how to donate used appliances through this organization, visit their website or schedule a pickup (1-800-SA-TRUCK).
  5. Battered women’s shelter – Abused women can find a safe haven at the local women’s shelter, which will oftentimes lead to relocating to a permanent residence. Due to the nature of this organization, you will likely have to contact your local police department to get information on how to contact them to get information on how to make a donation.
  6. Homeless shelter – Another great way to donate used appliances is through a local homeless shelter. Visit the Homeless Shelter Directory to find out where one is located near you. (Local area-DALLAS LIFE)

Check out this link as another resource to get involved for a safer community: http://www.securethecall.org/get-involved/ and receive pre-paid mailing labels for shipping for phone directly to Secure the Call. Guess what you can also get a tax deduction form as well!!!! I particularly like the fact that they are able to convert your old cellphone for use of 911 Emergency services only, AND they have VOLUNTEER opportunities. Sounds good, aye!

I am feeling so philanthropic right now, buuuuutttt it never hurts to get a little something back for what you paid for so here is the secret in making money from the re-sell of your electronics.

First, I will tell you about my experience of the re-sell of my Blackberry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile and how I was able to maximize my profit. Now my Blackberry 7105T is on the list to be donated. If you are familiar with RIM, you will understand that phone is several years old, several.

     Top 5 websites for making money from your old, unused electronics such as; Iphones, Laptops, DVDs/Blue-rays, Calculators, Game Consoles, Cameras and much more… Shop around just like everything else!

1. http://nextworth.com/    Quote- Blackberry Bold 9700 for $31.55    Also partnered with Target -check websites for locations to trade for Target gift cards 😉 Love Tar’ge

2. http://cashforgadgets.com/    Quote- Blackberry Bold 9700 for $55.

3. http://www.usell.com/       Re-directed my quote for the Blackberry Bold 9700 for $69.50 which recommended me to #2 ???

4. http://www.gazelle.com/ Quote Blackberry Bold 9700 for $38.00

5. http://www.pacebutler.com/  Did not feel like filling out pre-paid label just needed a quote 😦

All you have to do is complete a small questionnaire about the condition of your phone or electronic. Happy shopping all, oh and buy (lol) the way #1 gives you a $10 gift card to retailers like Starbucks for every friend you referred to trade on their website. (((Starbucks=Sold!))))

I left you a small advertisement for your pleasure, if you save make sure you a leave comment and share the good news…I appreciate your efforts in trying to leggo my eco!

 

MB

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Footprints Made Sustainable

The Timberland Company’s popularity has expanded amongst the casual consumer since 1918.  The well-known product of the hiking boot turns eco-friendly, finding its mark in the retail sector and proliferating products from waterproof hiking boots to innovative environmentally-friendly worldwide stores. The Timberland Company has shown its sustainability effort and its impacts on the retail industry with great influenced concepts of nature transforming the way we not only conserve energy, but how one’s fashion becomes conservative-naturally. The Timberland brand has a remarkable philosophy stated well by Timberland’s President & CEO Jeff Swartz, which involves not only community engagement, but its offering of environmental conscious products, and it’s very profitable supply chains.  Jeff Swartz calls these elements the, “Earthkeepers philosophy.” Mike Harrison, Timberland’s Chief Brand officer expressed his advocacy campaign for nature conservation with the proliferation of the Earthkeeper boot, and bringing a full-line of merchandise that has become very profitable for Timberland. According to, Stratham, N.H (The Business Wire) reports the bottom line equaled in the second quarter revenue at $240.1 million, a 27.1% increase compared with revenue of 189.0 million for the same period of 2010.

One of nature finest assembly- The Earthkeeper

This outdoor brand was developed with the intention to be sustainable with retail stores using less energy as they are LEED certified, and the manufacturing of  products that can be completely dissembled and recycled, check out Timberland’s Earthkeeper 2.0 below for a further look at this stylist yet, eco-conscious good.  Another interesting fact about this retailer is that has its own Nutrition Label, the first of its kind for the retail industry, which includes how the product was produced, manufactured, and the impact on the environment. I find this very exciting, for I have always loved this modern hiking boot made by Timberland. Go to timberland.com to shop, learn, and become environmentally  educated on how one retailer in the industry is consciously aware of its surroundings.

Timberland reduces the environmental footprint

Check out interesting videos found below of The Timberland Company– innovation through sustainability!

Timberland 60-second challenge: How many eco-conscious store design elements can you find?

How many did you find?

Learn more about the “Story behind The Earthkeeper” on sustainablebrands.com

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/digital_learning/event-video/story-timberland-earthkeepers

MB

References:

Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://responsibility.timberland.com/product/

Retrieved February 3, 2012  from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qRi-3n1Vm8&feature=share_email

Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://responsibility.timberland.com/product/#design-innovation

Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://responsibility.timberland.com/product/#product-recycling

Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://responsibility.timberland.com/executive-commitment/

Harrison, M. (2010, June 7-10). Where Sustainability, Brand & Design Collide [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.sustainablebrands.com/digital_learning/event-video/story-timberland-earthkeepers