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Published on October 28th, 2009 | by David Conrad

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Give Your Old Cellphone a Chance at a New Life

October 28th, 2009 by  


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Have you ever considered what becomes of old cellphones when their owners decide it’s time for a new device? Many sit in junk drawers across America, when they could be giving back to the environment by using it to make new products or generate energy.

This is why for 5 years now I have been leading the charge in North America to inspire, enlighten and to try to convince others to respect the environment.

Research shows that 44% of old phones are sitting around unused. They’d be better off being recycled because 100% of the materials in your phone can be recovered. They can be used to make new products – from musical instruments to gold rings or even a park bench.

So, help me by taking the 3 steps below to get over your old cell phone by recycling it and spread the word- show your old cell phone some love by allowing it a new chance at life!

1. We don’t talk anymore – Get over your old phone

If you’re hanging on to your old mobile phone, then you’re not alone. Saying goodbye to your old phone might be hard but it’s worth it. If every mobile phone user recycled just one unused phone, together we would save nearly 240,000 metric tons of raw materials and reduce greenhouse gases to the same effect as taking four million cars off the road.

2. Spend the night together – backup what needs saving

Spend one last night with your old cellphone and backup any memories before you say goodbye.

3. Set your old phone free – recycle it

Recycling your old mobile phone is easy. If your old phone still works you could give it another life with a friend or family member. No one wants it? Well then just take your phone – along with old chargers, accessories or batteries – to your nearest recycling point. Can’t find one? Nokia makes free, easy, responsible recycling possible at http://www.nokiausa.com/environment just click on Recycle an Old Phone Today- we don’t require postage– or even a Nokia device –you can send us any mobile device to recycle.

If you have any questions give me a shout on twitter at envirodog, thanks!

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About the Author

As Head of Environment for North America at Nokia David Conrad is responsible for the integration of global strategy with regional programs, creating internal and external environmental awareness programs to interface with customers and influence consumer behavior. Additionally, Conrad is accountable for monitoring and influencing proposed legislation and interfacing with internal teams to drive sustainable practices. The global team works together to ensure a positive global green effort for the benefit of the environment and Conrad heads the North American efforts. Nokia is a leader in CSR and environmental issues, currently ranked number one by Greenpeace and has been identified as the world's most sustainable technology company according to the 2009 -2010 edition of the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.



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