Sell Your Old Cell Phones to Help the Environment

Carbon Rally and Gazelle have teamed up to form a new challenge called Ringtone Revival. The goal of this challenge is to reduce the amount of CO2 waste produced from recycling and disposing of cell phones. Individuals or teams can reduce 94lbs of CO2 for each cell phone that is sold, donated or given to a family member or friend. Now to go a little into what they companies are about and how you can get involved.

Carbon Rally

Carbon Rally

The main objective of Carbon Rally is to motivate individuals and groups to make small changes in personal behavior that can make an overall large impact on how much CO2 is reduced. They make it fun to fight back against climate change. The idea behind the site is to encourage people to make small steps that are more realistic and can have fun with. People can propose ideas to reduce carbon emissions and allow a community of people to get involved. The site will then track the progress your community has made to show your progress against other communities.



Gazelle provides a place for consumers to sell or recycle their unwanted electronics. What is nice about this company is that it allows you to search through a database of electronic devices and see based off of it’s condition what you would receive for that item. What is also nice is that they pay for you to ship them the item and ensure that all personal information is removed from them. It makes great sense to sell electronics that are just laying around your house or hidden away in the back of a drawer.

Why you should Sell/Donate?

The Ringtone Revival initiative is a great way for us to participate in making sure that more cell phones or electronic devices don’t end up in landfills. Currently, over 85% of old cell phones that are replaced are still in usable condition. Nothing is wrong with wanting the latest cell phone, but it seems like such a waste to just let that cell phone sit around or thrown away when it could be reused.

According to EPA estimates, if Americans had recycled all of the 100 million cell phones they stopped using in 2006, the energy saved would have been enough to power nearly 200,000 U.S. homes for one year.

What’s scary is that 1.5 and 1.9 tons of discarded electronics ended up in landfills in 2006. Why not just donate it or sell it if you are not going to be using it anymore. Gazelle makes it extremely easy for you by even paying for you shipping and handling charges. If it is too inconvenient to ship your old electronics , you could even take the cell phone to a donation box where they give them to wife’s who have been battered. There are even recycling facilities across America so at least they can be recycled. Anyway you choose to help, sign up for Ringtone Revival on Carbon Rally to show how much of an impact you have made.

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  1. Ringtone Revival surely is an environ friendly concept. Its good that these organisations are bringing these kind of useful concepts.

  2. Cool post. I have a couple old cell phones that I can donate to make an impact.

  1. October 16th, 2008

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