E-waste

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Learned a new term today: Urban mining. The process of extracting rare earth metals from discarded electronic products. Check out the video on rare earth recycling http://ow.ly/2Zau0.

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As Halloween approaches, ECO-CELL wants to give you a heads-up on some quick and easy ways to make this years celebration fun and environmentally friendly. These eco-tips are an easy way to lower your carbon foot print and start new family traditions that are fun and environmentally sustainable.

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Do your research BEFORE you recycle your cell phone. All recycling companies are NOT made equal. Get a personal reference or find out who else they do business with. http://ht.ly/2TOjm

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Now that another school year has begun, ECO-CELL has provided some helpful ECO-TIPS for parents and students (of any age) to help cut back on waste and save money. It’s important to remember that the back-to-school shopping spree comes with huge environmental costs. There are over 14 million students currently enrolled in the United States, making them (and their parents) a prime target of today’s conspicuous consumption driven marketplace. We seldom think about these costs and how our spending choices impact the world around us.

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As we move closer to the winter season, it’s important to make a few minor adjustments at the homestead to cut down on those insane energy bills. If you’re like me, you put out your orange recycling box every week and try to walk rather than drive, but you still want to do more. Unfortunately you have little time and even less money. As it turns out, there are some simple and better still, cheap things you can do to live a greener lifestyle.

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Many educated consumers are already aware of the recycling options they have when their mobile device has reached the end of its life or become outdated, however, an emerging technology may allow these savvy consumers another alternative. According to a leading eco-technology website, a “green phone” may come online sooner than previously anticipated. A few green phones are beginning to hit retailers, while others are in the last phases of design and set for release in the next year. For instance, the well-known manufacturer Samsung has just unveiled the Reclaim, which the company claims is made from 80% recycled material. In addition to eliminating new plastic and toxins associated with the mining of raw materials, the Reclaim alerts users when to unplug the device to save energy. Eco-friendly consumers in addition to the thrifty buyer will be satisfied at the Reclaims cost of only $50. Also, hitting the market is the Sony Erickson Greenheart line of phones that promise consumers an eco-friendly design with cutting edge features. The Greenheart line also comes complete with “green apps” that encourage buyers to make greener choices. Not to be left out, Motorola also has a new green line of phones debuting this year, but it should be noted that the “green” designation comes mostly from carbon offsets, as opposed to actual eco-friendly innovations in the manufacturing process. The aforementioned information should derive great satisfaction from the green-minded consumer, but it is important to continue researching new technology before you buy. Also, when purchasing or upgrading to a new mobile device, make sure to recycle or repurpose your old device through a reputable company such as ECO-CELL.

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Household recycling has become as commonplace in our society as taking out the trash, but how much thought have you ever given to that old cell phone sitting in a drawer or thrown in the waste bin? Electronic waste, or “ewaste”, is becoming more and more prevalent in our landfills.

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Innocent, Ranger in Virunga National Forest, DRC

Innocent, Ranger in Virunga National Forest, DRC

Diddy, Ranger in the Virunga National Forest, DRC

Diddy, Ranger in the Virunga National Forest, DRC