Clean out your drawers

November 11, 2008

Want to help a military family that can’t afford a mobile phone?  Or a domestic abuse victim?  Then donate that old phone that’s been sitting unused for the past six months.  You’re not only doing a good deed but as Rachel King wrote in Business Week last week, you’re also helping the environment:

“The EPA estimates that if the 100 million U.S. mobile devices eligible for refurbishing were actually recycled this year, we could save enough to power more than 194,000 U.S. households with electricity for one year.”

Some may be concerned about exposing their personal data.  After all, there was the sales director for a major Japanese firm who gave away a Blackberry with unencrypted sensitive information, including a business plan.

But no need to worry.  Here’s a place with free instructions  on erasing your data.

So since you don’t have to worry about your data anymore, go ahead and donate.  By the holidays, someone in need will thank you.