Who doesn’t want the new iPhone? I know my kids have waited in line a time or two for the newest PlayStation or Xbox. Are the differences really that great? What happens to our old phone or gaming platform? I don’t think we really know or think about it often enough. Here are some tips that will help us all be a little more careful with our e-waste.
- Use products until they no longer function. Be careful to not throw out a perfectly good cell phone because a new model is available.
- Buy previously-owned phones, computers and cameras. Most are now available with a manufacturer certification.
- Recycle responsibly. Visit the e-stewards.org site to find out if your recycler is recycling responsibly.
- Recycle or refill empty ink cartridges. This is easy to do, saves you money and does not create more e-waste.
- When it is not cost prohibitive and the repair is not too extensive; repair instead of replace any electronic device or part.
- If you must replace a perfectly good device, donate or sell it. Many folks are on a budget and will gladly use the iPhone version 5 instead of 6. Money in your pocket and greater use of an electronic gadget.
Let’s remember to care for our planet.