Cell phones are quickly becoming one of the biggest environmental waste problems with approximately 500 million cell phones projected to wind up in landfills by 2005, according to the independent research organization INFORM. Still, many people increasing find it necessary to own one. Now, there's a cell phone company for people who are concerned about protecting our planet. Tones - The Environmental Internet and Phone Company recently introduced a service package designed to minimize the environmental waste from cell phones.
Mindful of keeping waste out of landfills, Tones offers consumers recycled and refurbished cell phone options. These phones are restored to near-new condition with new batteries, fully tested for functionality, and often repackaged in the original manufacturer's packaging. In addition, Tones is partnering with the Georgia-based company, Collective Good, to recycle old cell phones. Collected phones are donated and redistributed to people in developing world, and help improve the quality of life and the local economies in these countries. Phones that cannot be reused have their toxic elements like mercury, cadmium, lead, galium arsenide and plastics removed and recycled in accordance with federal and local environmental standards.
In addition, Tones is wholly owned by a coalition of non-profits environmental groups and gives 100% of its profits to grassroots environmental campaigns. Founded in 1993, by groups such as the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), Campaign to Save the Environment, and the National Environmental Law Center, Tones was started as an alternative way to raise funds for environmental causes while involving the public in environmental issues as part of their everyday lives.
Tones also encourages customers to take action on important environmental issues through regular Green Alerts that consist of updates on pressing environmental problems and actions individuals can take to get involved. In recent months, Tones customers have made their voices heard on diverse issues such as protecting organic standards, reducing toxic mercury pollution and protecting funding for public transportation. Tones also encourages the use of paperless e-billing and uses recycled paper for all its materials.
"We know that people are looking for ways to help the environment in their every day lives," said Tones Director Liz Karan, "that's why Tones is very excited to be able to offer a green choice to wireless users. "
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