Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday, I sure did! If you read my last entry, Leggo my Eco, I had held a contest among my friends and family to either re-sell or donate their electronics to help erase our e-waste. I must say I had a wonderful time because many people were excited about the purpose. Unfortunately, I wanted to post a picture of the winners but let’s say they are not camera friendly. Enjoy the generic ones.     😉

The contest brought in many older models of cellphones, even ones that still light up, have replaceable face plates, cracked screens, taped battery cover, and the list goes on.  There were some older/slightly newer appliances given away during last weeks contest that was not broke but will be donated to several organizations selected that would be put to good use.

I also found that back in 2009, Cleantech Recycler created what is called, EcoATM, which won $20, 000 first place award in the 10th annual,  “PitchFest” business plan competition. And in November, Coinstar named ecoATM as the winner of its “Big Idea” contest which included a $10, 000 check that was presented to ecoATM’s Mark Bowles at the KioskCom Self Service Expo in New York.

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I encourage everyone to think about the effects of our electronics and take those tips offered from the last blog regarding erasing e-waste. There are benefits. I guess you could say a win-win for everyone. I am waiting on my fat check for a total of $98.14 for my re-sell of two phones, and 1 old camera.  The top winner from the contest re-sold 5 phones, and a gaming electronic for a total of $247.02 and donated 2 cellphones to our military troops and to 911 for senior citizens to use for an emergency. The top winner for donations gave away several appliances and a few electronics that have been donated to several charity organizations in the Dallas area.  I feel like justice has been served and my efforts justified.

I will post all of my accomplishments during my journey that started in September later on this week. I hope you feel empowered to make those important changes as well to save our future generations from such unneccessary consumption and environmental concerns regarding landfills. I could go on and on, especially after seeing a special about coal ash on MSNBC.  WE can do this…one cellphone, one contribution, one change at a time!

MB

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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

Greetings! It has been a long week but I have continued with my very first initiatives with staying on track with my sustainable efforts daily. Next week, the apartment complex will let me know if some of the apartment buildings have any reductions in water consumption. I am excited to see if anyone implementing the tips from my Reduce the Use, brochure I made. I can say my electricity bill this month went down $48.20 also reducing CO2 emissions by 250 lbs.I have Green Mountain Energy by the way, the bill is very detailed in your difference contribution. Remember energy and water conservation goes hand and hand.

Now, let’s talk about where we left off last week. I mentioned how digital technology uses coal-fired power plants that contribute to global-warming along with mountaintop removal, and where most electronics end up called e-waste. I did more research this week than I have contributing to the reduction because I needed to learn more about the topic in general and ways I could spread awareness. A study released by the Consumer Electronic Association in June found just 10.2 million of 119 million U.S. households are estimated to have enrolled in energy management programs, however two-thirds of consumers lack understanding of the smart grid. This is the two-thirds I hope to eventually reach or others continue this trend to spread awareness of e-waste. Don’t forget to use your energy and water calculator!  Here is my footprints behind the start of my journey to erase e-waste. Make sure you mark your calendar for next year as we just passed E-Waste Recycling Week from October 21st-27th this year.

Erase your E-waste

The first thing I needed to know is where I could go to recycle some of my old electronics, since I have 2 older Blackberrys, a keyboard, an anciet VCR, and well if I keep digging in my storage, I’m sure I’ll find more. So let’s know where to go- Click on the link and put in your zip code and WALA! you have the closest recycling resource for electronics-http://www.greenergadgets.org/Recycle-Electronics.aspx. The locations available uses strict standards and are third-party certified recyclers of our gidgets and gadgets.

The second piece which should really be the first when it comes to saving money is knowing if your devices actually still have value-that’s right what’s in it for you if you recycle your electronics. Here is a brief list!

  1. Amazon.com gives a gift-card through its trade-in program
  2. Kodak offers a mail-in cash program for old digital cameras and printers
  3. Recyclebank will give you points for recycling that can be used for discounts and merchandise.
  4. You can always give it away-(I took my VCR and all of my VHS to a nursing home this weekend)
  5. Recycle it!

There are many other ways if you choose not to donate your electronics..How about we UPGRADE what you already have. Sounds like a plan, right?  If you are an Iphone lover and you have the 4S and want the 5- I suggest you save your $299-599 on a new phone and just upgrade your software for FREE..guess what? It is the exact same thing. Plus the phone did not change colors but if you want a change go to http://www.skinit.com.  According to EPA for every million cellphone we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be removed. WOW!  This is our start in gathering old electronics and making a difference to erase e-waste.

Go go gadget

In the next week I am going to work with my apartment complex, friends, and family to collect all broken, old, and unwanted electronics and see how we can erase our e-waste. I have some really great ideas for next week’s journey-guess you will have to wait to find out what I have come up with and the many electronics I will have collected. Until then remain and sustain!

 

MB

References:

Recycle Electronics. (n.d). Greener Gadgets. Retrieved on October 29, 2012 from http://www.greenergadgets.org/Recycle-Electronics.aspx

  FASHION! I think I have a great eye for future fashion developments. During this semester at the University of North Texas, I have learned much about the fundamentals of fashion merchandising.  This Junior year, has given me first-rate insight and more passion that has been fueled with more fire for fashion. Over the course of the semester, I was given several e-portfolio pieces that included both a verbal and visual description. I have included several of my polyvore sets in this blog to understand my reasoning of the elements I chose to represent the trend of the following; an ethnic style to modernize and bring into mainstream, converge technology with fashion, along with sustainability and going green. I share my summary of presentations and hopefully you would also find interest of what the future my bring to fashion.

Many fashion designers are inspired by images, symbols, culture, or even an idea stemmed by someone else. I find that India has an emerging ethnic influence on Western culture through fashion.  India, a very traditional and conservative world, oftentimes understands the meaning of comfort and color. Between 2008 and 2012, the Indian fashion industry is expected to grow 178%. (Grail Research, 2009). I find India’s spiritual and political impacts, now adopted in the Western hemisphere.  Below you will see how I have added in my visual presentation, that the Nehri jacket/collared shirt, the drop-crouch pants, and jodhpurs boots for what I call “Indianizing” which is sure to follow in our future fashion trends.

   My next presentation, I introduced a new textile called Sonic Fabric. This textile was exciting because  Alyce Santoro, now resides in Marfa, Texas from Brooklyn, NY describes her discovery, “a beautiful, tightly-woven functional material” (Poole, 2011). Sonic fabric incorporates 50% polyester thread, and 50% audiocassette tape recorded with intricate collages of sound (Yoneda, 2009). Amazingly, after my researching on sonic fabric, I found that the sounds/music from the mix-tapes is integrated causing strands of different colors within the looped material (Santoro, 2003). I feel this trend can inspire those musical trendsetters like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, as well as, fashion forward leaders in the business.

Lastly, have you made the switch from plastic to canvas? According to Reuseit.com, 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year around the world, which is about 1 million plastic bags used every minute (Mitchell, Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead). Indeed, plastic bags do take their toll. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the United States alone more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are used each year. Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags each year,according to the Worldwatch Institute, as only 0.6 percent to 1 percent of them are ever recycled (Sixwise.com). Now that many have become aware of the hazards caused to animals, small children, and our environment, there has been a rapid onset for an eco-trend for use of canvas bags. Whole Foods stores have a campaign in place in which they give customers 10 cents off their bill for each

plastic grocery bag that they bring in and reuse (Sixwise.com). Not to mention the ever so popular “I’m not a plastic bag,” made by Anya Hindmarch, a London designer known for bags that range to $1,500 and beyond (Andrews, 2007). I imagine this ec0-trend of recycling plastic bags will transfer into designs and become a development of future fashions.

Guess we will see how my future developments stack up against the fashion world!

MB

References:

India‘s fashion industry faces challenges to go global. (2011). Retrieved 12, February, 2012, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12802494

Sonic Fabric Needs Your Help. (2011). Retrieved February 26, 2012, from http://imprint.printmag.com/fashion/sonic-fabric-needs-your-help/

New! Sonic Fabric Fedoras Made From Recycled Cassette Tape. (2009). Wearable Technology. Retrieved February 26, 2012, from http://www.ecouterre.com/new-sonic-fabric-fedoras-made-from-recycled-cassette-tape/

 Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead. (n.d).  Deborah Mitchell. Retrieved on March 28, 2012, from http://www.volunteerguide.org/minutes/service-projects/plastic-bags

 Should You Ban Plastic Bags From Your Life:Six Reasons You May Want to Consider It.  (n.d.)Sixwise.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2012, from www.SixWise.com

Andrews, K. (2007, August 11). ECO-TREND: I’m not a plastic bag! Retrieved on March 31, 2012, from http://inhabitat.com/i-am-not-a-plastic-bag/

Timex TX54 disposable nail watch design concept

Time flies when you are busy creating an idea built from technology and wise experimentation. The world was introduced to this concept named, “Timex 2154,” in 2004 with collaborated help from Core77 (Core77 Army, 2012). Core77 held a global design competition and surprisingly everyone, Timex was only the runner-up. Timex may only be the honorable mention, but still a winner for staying power since renamed in the 1960s (Timex History, 2007). I had a Timex many, many, many, well not that many years ago, that I could only wear for a short period of time since the watch always knew when to pull the hair from my wrist.

Timex, one of the best known watch companies in the world, reached its milestone 150th Anniversary this year. Throughout its long and rich history, Timex has remained at the forefront of advanced technology, developing iconic and internationally recognized timepieces. From the first mass-produced, affordable pocket watches to Indiglo night-light, the company’s propriety watch illumination technology, has been driven by the advancement of state-of-the-art timekeeping (Timex TX54, 2008).

Timex was also known for completely dominating the low-price market, with designing for women first, then in 1961 established men’s wristwatches (Jamaluddin, 2008). There is no update as of yet, if this will even come into fruition, but I surely hope so, perhaps year 2154? I am not into the nail polish phenomenon. No O.P.I. bandwagon sponsor here. However, I am sure Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber or even Zoya would love to add their name to this disposable look, and create quite the stir in the streets. I would not be surprised if you see men “rocking” this cool concept, since some may think nail polish is a bit extreme. Have you ever thought about the price of such a design? No publication yet found on the price for the TX2154. If I had a hand in deciding the price point, I would probably sell the watches like contacts, a box of 6 for about $39.99. Maybe one day, we can truly see this wearable technology manufactured and produced for the masses. In the meantime, I give it two thumbs up!!

Excuse me, but do you have the time?

References:

Timex History. (2007,  May). Retrieved March 8, 2012, from http://www.pmwf.com/TimexOnlineMuseum/TimexHistory.htm

The Core77 Army. (n.d).  Retrieved March 7, 2012, from  http://www.core77.com/about/

Timex TX54 Disposable Nail Watch Timex 2154. ( 2008, July 22). Retrieved March 7, 2012, from  http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=867334

Jamaluddin, A. Nail watch: The future of telling time? (2008, July 18). Retrieved March 6, 2012, from http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9993957-1.html