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Do You Need A NEW Phone? Or A Newer Phone?


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Consider purchasing a certified* pre-owned phone from a reputable phone repair and sales dealership – do the green thing.

1.5 billion phones are sold each year, and the total number of phones that have been produced since they were introduced by Motorola and Nokia in the early 90’s is estimated to be over 18 billion (or 2.5 phones for every person on Earth). That’s a lot of phones. Unfortunately many of these phones end up in landfills - sometimes simply because they have a cracked screen or the battery needs to be replaced.

"The amount of worldwide e-waste generation is expected to be 49.8 million tons in 2018 with an annual 4-5 percent growth." - thebalancesmb.com

This planet we call home needs our help. Landfills around the world are filling up with electronic waste (e-waste) and there are ever-expanding islands of plastic forming in the oceans. Each year approximately 50 million tons of electronics are discarded. And the problem is not going to go away on its own.

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What can we do? We can buy refurbished and recycled products to extend their life, we can have things repaired when possible, and when they cannot be repaired we can properly dispose of them. Almost all unwanted or discarded smartphones can be repaired to be reused or sold to a refurbisher for parts.

Barely 10% of [phones] get recycled and their precious components recovered and reused. - BBC.com

Mobile devices and other electronics contain potentially hazardous materials such as cadmium, mercury, and polyvinyl chlorides that can contaminate the soil and water—but they also contain precious metals. It is estimated that 11% of all gold mined annually ends up in the trash as e-waste. In addition to gold, your mobile device probably also contains some copper, silver and palladium (a precious metal used for making electronics, watches, and surgical instruments.) The worth of these materials can make even the most broken phone valuable.