One of my new ventures has been to learn how to improve lives by making better use of material things. This idea was one of the driving forces behind getting this blog going. So since I have this idea as one of the top missions of our blog, I figured I might should jump into it pretty simple to just give an effortless example that could get us all kick started in modern recycling.
Modern recycling isn’t technically what this idea is called I sure, but this is what I call it because I haven’t actually heard anyone ever talk about this topic to inform me of another name or more ideas. However, it’s not the old plastic, paper, save the planet kinda stuff that began the craze many years ago, so I call it modern.
So I said I would start off w/something simple that requires little to no effort, and that’s where cell phones come in handy.
Being a veteran myself I absolutely love this idea and know the extreme importance for such an idea. I will be the first to admit that I am not even the person to dream up this idea, as a matter of fact it was a couple of kids 12 & 13 year olds that became the driving force behind this amazing recycling idea.
For years millions of cell phones kept ending up in landfills across the country. No one knew what to do w/them or even if there was something that you could do. Then came this idea that your old cell phones could be shipped to our men and women stuck in the middle of a war zone w/o much if any access to contacting their loved ones back home. Since this mission began back around 2004, it has kept 15+ million phones from ending up in our landfills, all the while allowing soldiers to reach out to those they love and miss the most. These cell phones land in the hands of soldiers, then they are sent calling cards containing certain amounts of minutes of which they use to contact loved ones here in the good ol’ US of A.
I remember my days roaming the streets of Baghdad wondering when or if I would get to contact anyone back at home. We fought through many rough days and nights hoping to survive. The minute a mission was over we only wished that we could hop on a phone and call home to maintain some semblance of the life we left back at home. A week would go by in which we would lose several battle buddies that we loved and wanted to reach out to our families to let them know we were still okay and to let them know we loved them. But many times it just wasn’t possible. Then a satellite phone company came around that gave us the capabilities to contact home on a more regular basis, but the cost was outrageous and many of us just couldn’t afford a call very often. My last tour there was in 2005 and things hadn’t changed much, but then the effects of this modern recycling idea took off and it connected soldiers to home in a whole new way!
So, I’m going to leave you all the links to different organizations that you can connect up w/to learn more about this effort and participate w/if you can. If you have an old cell phone or two lying around that you’ve always wondered what it could be used for, well here it is!
There are also Facebook pages for these organizations.
If you aren’t sure of where you can donate, simply stop by your local AT&T or Verizon Wireless store and they either have a drop off point or can tell you exactly where you can find one.
The idea of modern recycling isn’t a rocket science idea or of course it wouldn’t have been thought up by me. I am simply wanting to show the world a better way to help others through simple things that require maybe a few minutes of your time to accomplish.
If you have any ideas for modern recycling please don’t hesitate to contact me! I am always looking for more ideas even if I can’t be of much help. I can always post all of the information right here and inform others who are fully capable of using the idea.