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Trees! Trees! Plant Trees By Mailing In Old Cell Phones - People, Just Do It!


Offbeat  (tags: trees, cell phones, Community Service, Conscious Consumer, Easy Greening, Global Healing, Green 101 )

DC
- 3294 days ago - care2.com
Plant My Phone is a new company designed to reduce the very large number of old cell phones that end up in landfills. The idea is both simple and potentially far-reaching. You send them your old, unwanted cell phone for free using their postage-paid self-



   

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DC Bass (269)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 2:34 pm
Plant My Phone is a new company designed to reduce the very large number of old cell phones that end up in landfills. The idea is both simple and potentially far-reaching. You send them your old, unwanted cell phone for free using their postage-paid self-mailer bags.
The free postage-paid plastic bags are available in cities like Chicago, San Francisco, Medford, MA, Corvallis, and New Orleans.
If you don’t live in these cities, you can print a free shipping label from their website, or request a free self-mailer bag to be sent to you. Then mail in your old phone.

Their site says mailing in an average two-year old phone will result in the planting of fifteen trees. A first generation Apple iPhone in good condition equates to the planting of 79 trees, and a Nokia80 equals about 30, (depending on the condition). You can look at the phone to trees conversion table to see if your phone is there.

The mailed phones are recycled, and their materials are sold to fund tree planting. They say focusing on cell phone recycling is important because, “…of the 140 Million old cellphones each year, only 10% get recycled.” Cell phones contain heavy metals which are toxic to the environment.

The types of trees planted are: Cocoa, Coffee, Banana, Orange, Cedar, Teak, Mahogany, Oak, Acacia, Eucalyptus, Laurel and Leucaena. Their trees are planted in twelve countries: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Burundi, Senegal, Zambia, India, Philippines and Haiti.

PlantMyPhone has a goal of planting seven billion trees. They are an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme’s: Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.
 

JG E (3)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 5:33 pm
reposted at Humanity Healing and Tweeted ;-)
 

Mack David (100)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 5:43 pm
I like their goals.....
Thanks-DC
 

IE Ries (237)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 7:04 pm
Darn...and I just mailed in one to our NPR station to recycle to support them...well, that was for a good cause, too, in my opinion. But I'll use this next time. Thanks for the post!
 

MmAway M (519)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 7:16 pm
Thank you!!!

Got an old one, but still use my 2004 one...

Thank you for this!!!
 

Bonnie A (76)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 7:22 pm
Thanks! What a great idea! I was looking for something like this and then I can get a new phone made of recycled material With organizations like this and people like these maybe we can still save this planet.
 

Bette M (91)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 8:29 pm
Some day the earth will weep,
she will beg for her life,
she will cry with tears of blood.
You will make a choice, if you
will help her or let her die,
and when she dies, you will die too.
John Hollow Horn
Oglala Lakota
1932

Plant & protect trees for life.....................
 

Lois K (24)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 9:17 pm
Excellent idea! Will remember this when I need to get a new cell phone. Thanks for posting this. :o)
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 9:23 pm
Cool idea. I have LOTS of cell phones, some are several years old. I hope they can be recycled.
Thanks DC.
 

sue M (184)
Thursday June 17, 2010, 10:52 pm
Great, I can send a few. Wish they would just stop making things not to last though. Average life of a computer these days is 2yrs too.
 

Tamara WILLIAMS (176)
Friday June 18, 2010, 1:42 am
GREAT IDEA THANKS
 

low beng kiat (128)
Friday June 18, 2010, 1:48 am
Thanks
 

Sue L (73)
Friday June 18, 2010, 7:57 pm
This is a great way to recycle old cell phones. There are other places that will recycle them too. The main point is to recycle old cell phones that you aren't using!
 
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