Why you should check your drawers this Black Friday

Why you should check your drawers this Black Friday

As a tech-head I am the first to admit that I don’t just have the ‘Tech drawer - you know the one full of old devices, charger and batteries, I have a tech welsh dressers worth. 

This didn’t use to be such an issue but since the lockdown and home working has become commonplace after the lockdown this has meant me and the wife have decided that we need to do a huge declutter. I was obviously given the task of decluttering my various drawers, and I won’t lie, it took longer than expected as I had a lot of tech devices hidden away. 

There was one light at the end of the tunnel though, I discovered that I wasn’t alone in being asked to check my drawers, as mobile network giffgaff was also doing the same thing!

The campaign is asking people to ‘check their drawers’ for old, unwanted mobile phones which can be recycled and given a second life rather than end up in a landfill. As I’ve slowly begun to be more environmentally conscious (and the fact that I had, in fact, found 5 forgotten old phones from various family members in various drawers!) I decided to learn a bit more about it and to give it a go.

How it works

You can recycle your phone via giffgaff and they pay you for the privilege! When you sell your old phones you can choose whether to make a donation of 10%, 25%, 50%, or 100%. This money if you choose to donate, will then go to the Neighbourly Foundation to fund grassroots causes that support local communities. Sustainable and charitable? I don’t mind if do.

So what happens to the phones? Well for those that are beyond repair, they will get recycled and their parts reused elsewhere, thus avoiding ending up an e-waste pile. Those that are still in tip-top condition can be refurbished. If you're curious to find out more about refurbished phones they have an amazing animated info page over here ‘What is a refurbished phone?’

They also have a great selection of Sim only deals which, if you will be happy to know, are even printed on recycled materials along with all of their packaging - go giffgaff! And there you go, I did my bit in helping declutter the house, got rid of unwanted stuff and got paid for it as well as being kinder to the planet. I was also able to reinvest the money in getting something I've really wanted for Black Friday. Talk about chuffed.

So what about you? Have you ever recycled a phone or brought a refurbished device? If so let me know below or over on my social channels

Hairy Boy

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