With the use of technology advancing all over the world, electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing problem all over the world. According to Global E-Waste Monitor 2020, the world generated 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019, while only 17.4% was collected and recycled. We think it’s time to up the electronics recycling game. We are launching a new technology renovation program that plants 20 mangrove trees for every accepted mobile phone, tablet or laptop. That’s right, 20 trees for each device.
We designed the Earth911 eWaste for Trees program to address e-waste in a sustainable way while encouraging reuse to extend the useful life of a device. By planting 20 trees for every device accepted for refurbishment, the program helps offset carbon emissions and restore ecosystems. By refurbishing devices, the program helps reduce the demand for new devices, thereby reducing the volume of raw materials needed to manufacture them. When you send an accepted device for refurbishment, Earth911 receives a commission that pays for the trees and helps fund our recycling search services.
Do you have a phone, tablet or laptop ready to be recycled? Take the first step in our free and secure recycling program and plant 20 trees now.
Meet our partners
The Earth911 eWaste for Trees program is offered through a partnership with Link with donors And Veritree. DonorCollection refurbishes technology for reuse, extending the useful life of the device to reduce its carbon footprint and the need to mine, process and ship raw materials for use in manufacturing new devices . It also contributes a portion of the sale price of refurbished appliances to support a growing list of charities, making it a win-win for the environment and the community. Veritree is a leading carbon project and tree planting organization.
Whether they have a phone or 1,000 laptops, consumers and businesses can participate for free by requesting a free shipping label on the Earth911 website. Not all devices will be accepted (see DonorConnection’s current criteria) as they may not be new enough to be refurbished. Upon device acceptance, entrants will receive a digital device passport via email that documents how, if any personal data remained on the device, it was securely destroyed. It also provides a tracking report on what happened to the device, whether it was refurbished or responsibly recycled with an eStewards-certified installation. The Passport provides transparency allowing users to recycle their devices with confidence, knowing that their data is safe and that their devices are being disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
Veritree, our planting partner, has restored tens of millions of trees. Launched by fashion brand tempter, Veritree will plant 20 mangrove trees for each device accepted by DonorConnection. We selected Veritree because it provides transparency to our readers who choose to recycle through the Earth911 eWaste for Trees program. After planting, Veritree monitors the health of the mangroves. Participants will be able to visit their trees online to see how the restored forests are progressing.
Participant trees will be planted in Kenya, Madagascar and Indonesia as part of aggressive reforestation efforts that also create jobs for people in nearby communities. Mangroves are the most efficient tree species for capturing carbon. According to published research, a mature mangrove tree can sequester between 110 pounds (50 kg) and 220 pounds (100 kg) of CO2 per year, depending on the species and growing conditions. A mangrove tree can capture up to 2,200 pounds of CO2 in the first 10 years after planting.
That the beginning
As we enter the era of sustainability, Earth911 is working to expand the choices you have when making end-of-life decisions about technology, plastics, metals and consumer products ranging from bottles and from cans to blenders and automobiles. Watch us grow and help reforest the planet when you recycle. If you’re a business looking for a way to encourage more recycling, write to us to talk about what we can do together.
We hope that one of the main benefits of the program will be its convenience, which is key to improving recycling rates. A free shipping label makes it easy for people to recycle devices without leaving their home or office. This has the potential to dramatically increase the number of devices being recycled, which will help reduce the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills or is illegally exported to developing countries.
“We are thrilled to partner with Earth911 on this innovative new program,” said Charles Brennick, Founder of DonorConnection. “By extending the life of devices and promoting responsible recycling, we can reduce our environmental impact and support local communities at the same time.”
Additionally, the program helps raise awareness of the importance of recycling e-waste and its impact on the environment. By providing users with a device passport that documents the journey of their devices, the program helps raise awareness of the importance of responsible disposal and the value of recycling.
We hope Earth911’s new eWaste for Trees program will prove to be an innovative solution to a growing problem. By planting 20 trees for every refurbished appliance, you can help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, restore ecosystems and community economies, and promote reuse while supporting the collection of recycling information. in Earth911 Recycling Search.