Earth Day 2018 is almost here, and it’s one of our favorite holidays.
At Cell Phones For Soldiers, our mission is to help our troops and veterans. So, you might ask: What does our organization have to do with Earth Day?
Quite a bit, actually!
When you send your old cell phone, smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to be recycled by Cell Phones For Soldiers, you’re keeping harmful materials from the landfill, and helping to protect our environment.
Cell phones are necessities to so many people around the world, and they’re manufactured with materials, including rare earth metals, that are valuable when they’re recycled safely—that’s how Cell Phones For Soldiers converts your donated electronics into money for veterans’ assistance and free calling cards for the troops.
But when people improperly dispose of cell phones and their batteries by throwing them into the trash, components like cadmium, lead and PCBs can end up leaching into the environment, harming water supplies and threatening ecosystems.
Some of the old cell phones and other mobile devices we receive contain plastic. And when it comes to plastic pollution, statistics are shocking: Most of the over 80 billion tons of plastic ever manufactured still exists—it’s nearly impossible to break down; experts say that if nothing changes, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. That’s just 32 years away.
If you want to do your part to help the environment on Earth Day, recycle your old cell phones or mobile devices by sending them to Cell Phones For Soldiers. You’ll be helping our troops and veterans, as well as working to preserve our precious Earth.
Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.