Gadgets can be incredibly useful and beneficial parts of our lives. They can connect us, inform us, tell us which way to go and entertain us. And even as they can sometimes lead us to live life virtually instead of being truly in the moment, they can also bring us closer to the world around us. One of the biggest downsides of electronics is that their components are toxic to the environment, and to us, if they're just thrown away and left to leach into the earth. The ideal situation would be that all of us use, repair and repurpose our electronics until we no longer can and then at that point, we recycle them responsibly. Unfortunately, the statistics show that we don't come close to that ideal. What can you do? The good news is that recycling our electronics is easy. Every Best Buy in America accepts used electronics for recycling, regardless of where you bought the device. If you want to make a little cash for recycling your old phones, companies like Gazelle and Amazon will offer you cash or store credit. For a list of places to recycle your old electronics, go here. There are also are many organizations that you can donate your used phones to that will use the proceeds to fund great causes around the world. The best thing you can do is to slow down and use your gadgets for longer. Yes, those new models are shiny and impressive, but use yours for a bit longer and then, please recycle. The statistical details via TreeHugger.
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