The Ethics of Your Home Electronics

We all want to live ethically and with pertinent environmental concern, but it can be tough to spot the perpetrators when it comes to choosing ethically produced electrical devices for your lifestyle. As mobile phone recycling experts with global reach, we’re pretty in tune with world issues of ethical production and waste disposal. So while you mull over sending us your old mobiles for cash, here are a few of the more shocking facts about electrical devices in the modern age.
Mobile Recycling and Production
Few mobile phone manufacturers can swear, hand on heart, that they know 100% where the minerals used in their production processes come from. It’s not because they’re evil corporations, but simply because much of the mineral market is incredibly under-regulated, particularly in struggling countries. Mobile recycling is the number one way you can influence the mineral market by ethically disposing of your phone and encouraging mineral re-use.
TV Screens and Laptops
Unscrupulous manufacturers of things like laptops often have poor reputations for worker’s rights on the factory floor. Human labour is very cheap, and NGOs around the globe are constantly pushing for better regulations in struggling economies. A key role in target markets is advertising; companies market a new product aggressively, drumming up demand, then force factory employees to work dangerously long hours to fulfil the demand. What can you do? Do a little digging into your chosen manufacturer; the internet and free flow of information to customers is a great weapon in forcing manufacturers to clean up their act!
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Ditch the Surplus Mobiles in Favour of Extra SIM Cards

We deal with all sorts of lovely folks in the phone recycling business. Such little chats have led us to estimate you guys hoard millions of handsets rather than getting cash for mobiles through our great trade in service.
But it’s not only through lack of use we think you’re building up a collection of handsets. Loads of our private and business clients are frequent travellers, which means a different mobile phone handset for each country they visit. What’s the point? Why not just carry the relevant SIM cards and indulge in a little phone recycling for cash?
Businesses
Frequent business trippers will be familiar with the stress of juggling several different phone numbers and devices. The phone numbers thing can be a bit of a pain, but by ditching the handsets and just carrying SIM cards you could cash in phone recycling for your company AND save space when travelling
Fun and Adventure
Are you off on a round the world trip, a year in Japan or maybe just a few weeks backpacking in Europe? Phone communication can be a godsend in terms of anxious parents or actual life-threatening situations. Put a little time into finding a comparable handset for global travel, invest in the right SIM cards for the job (you can usually buy cheap once you arrive), get some cash from us for your old handset and away you go into the wild green yonder you go!
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Don’t Trash, Get Cash!

There are heaps of disposable things in our lives. We choose to be proactive. Modern life can be tough to keep tabs on – does your laptop brand use minerals from unregulated mines? Is that packaging just shiny cardboard or cardboard with a layer of plastic? But that’s no excuse to put your blinkers on and ignore the whole roundabout of recycling! We’re all guilty of being lazy from time to time, but did you know you can sell mobile phones for cash? Get cash for old clothes? Even cash for broken electronics!
Appliances
That old CD player was once a prized possession. Sure, it’s now been replaced by the all-in-one brilliance of your iPhone, but it can still make you a little dosh at a car boot sale or online through an auction website. There are loads of folks out there looking for spare parts and devices that can be broken down or used without worrying about the replacement cost. £9.99 on eBay for that old Sony Walkman has to be better than a lifetime in the landfill and £0!
Stuff
Random bits and bobs could net you more than you think. Looked in the shed recently? In the back bedroom wardrobe? In the loft? There are usually heaps of old things that SOMEONE will want for a few quid. Disposing of stuff can be a chore, so instead of flinging that old sofa in the landfill, put it on an auction website as “Collection Only”
Our advice? Trade in your mobile and reap the wonderful, wonderful rewards from the Mazuma phone recycling scheme!
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Don’t Panic About Data

We recently read an article that claimed Aussie’s are putting off phone recycling because of a deep concern about personal data being inexpertly removed. Figures suggested around 65% of Aussies felt unsafe leaving their data removal needs in the hands of cash for mobiles companies due to a fear that their personal data could be accessed by a third party or even sold on. Here are a few facts about the Mazuma mobile system that ensures complete satisfaction and 100% confidence in mobile phone recycling here in the U.K!
• Around 90% of some mobile phones can be recycled. This process completely destroys any information on the phone. But we operate a failsafe data deletion tool to make sure EVERYTHING is wiped before the dismantling process even begins.
• Our Data Delete Tool is essentially a free step-by-step personalised instruction to show you EXACTLY how to delete data before you send the phone to us. We could do this ourselves, but we know peace of mind can come from knowing 100% of your personal data has been removed by your own fair fingertips.
• Although there are a few horror stories about things like government laptops being sent to a recycling company full of Top Secret information, your phones will be so thoroughly reviewed as soon as we receive them that there’s no chance at all of things like very personal photos or secret spy files (or mean texts about your mother-in-law!) making their way onto the market.
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Don’t Contribute to e-Waste

We’re mobile phone recycling experts etc, etc, but that’s not just something we shout about to drum up business for the Mazuma phone recycling scheme. Our ethics are a HUGE part of what we do, both in the U.K market and in the economies we export used mobile phones and salvaged materials to.
e-waste is a very, VERY modern concern. But e-waste isn’t just about the devices and materials left to degrade on landfill sites, potentially poisoning wildlife and damaging ecosystems for thousands of years (that’s the closest estimate we have concerning how long it takes for plastics to BEGIN degrading) e-waste is also about the phones, laptops, tablets, even calculators gathering dust in draws and on shelves around the world.
Capitalising on your old mobiles and electronic devices is pretty easy, particularly with specialist ethical traders like Mazuma operating a huge portion of the market (we’re the biggest in the U.K!) According to recent U.S figures, the new iPhone 4S could create around 200 million pounds (weight) of e-waste over the next couple of years.
We believe the coming years are going to see e-waste management and trading markets grow exponentially around the globe. Selling mobile phones or donating old handsets should already be the normal form of ethical disposal for all users, but we still estimate millions of handsets are idling away in that old forgotten drawer. Do you know someone who could sell old mobile phones to us? Spread the Mazuma word today!
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Great Yule Recycling Habits for Mazuma Fans

The festive season is well and truly here, and who would we be if we didn’t throw in our two cents on the subject of recycling in the holiday season! There are loads of great ways to make the most of surplus bits and pieces lying around your home and garden, so let’s channel a little Delia Smith and list a few great ways to save money and personalise your celebrations for 2011!
• Getting cash for phones through our first-rate mobile phone recycling service isn’t the only way you can free up a bit of space and make money this winter. Have you ever used that juicer? The exercise bike? Do you really need a “spare” Xbox? Give your home electronics a swift going over and kick a few our way or to the online auction curb! Sell mobile phones, spare games controllers – whatever you think can make you a quick quid in the run up to Christmas.
• Not all are born with creative bones, but there are still loads of things you can do in terms of making Christmas decorations cheaply. Collect pinecones and paint them, cut out little Christmas trees from felt fabric to make window hanging decorations; there are literally hundreds of different ways you can create unique, personal decorations for your home on the cheap.
• We all go through a LOT of packaging etc over the festive period. There’s no better time of year to invest in separate recycling bins for your kitchen!
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iPhone 4S Boosts Demand for Mazuma Recycling

The world of mobile phone recycling and ownership was recently described as being like an avalanche; as soon as a new release arrives, demand surges and creates a massive wave of retail joy that takes over the market until the initial buzz has worn off. Well, that suits our used mobile phone needs down to the ground!
The great thing about our company is that we grow every day. Through this blog, our TV adverts, word of mouth etc, we’re able to spread the word that you can sell mobile phones for cash and make a little back from that once loved iPhone 3G that’s now relegated to second place.
The iPhone 4S has caused a fantastic surge in demand for our recycling services. But let’s not forget about other delightful new releases – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Nokia Lumia – this really IS the season to be jolly excited about mobile phone recycling!
In the end, the mobile phone industry in the developed world is about more than just communication. It’s about utility, labour-saving, efficiency, creativity – what CAN’T you do with your phone? Part of the Mazuma chain is sending used mobile phones to struggling economies such as those in Pakistan, parts of China etc. In these places, a simple tool like a mobile phone can change lives, save lives and help communities to grow into prosperous, efficient, safe locales. Think about that next time you’re tempted to just fling your old iPhone 3G into a forgotten drawer.
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Ho-Ho-How Much Could You Save?

If that old iPhone 4 is burning a hole in your pocket, or maybe you want to sell Blackberry phones that are no longer in use at your company, we can help! We reckon the average iPhone could net you around £100+. So, what could that old iPhone get you at our partner store, Argos? Two words… Christmas presents!
With the festive season well and truly here (are you up to date on the top ten kids toys for this Yule?), it’s time to start thinking about one thing (hopefully lots of things)… presents! Gift giving in a frugal time can be a bit of stretch for many folks, which is one of the great benefits of our partnership with Argos. You trade in your mobile, we give you Argos vouchers!
Games and Toys
Of course, we’re Xbox lovers and Wii junkies here at Mazuma H.Q, so we LOVE being able to buy games and stuff from Argos. It’s so simple – sell old mobile phones like the iPhone 4, and you’ve got a great selection of games and toys covered (so that’s little kids AND your big kid mates done and dusted!)
Useful Stuff
There’s always that ONE uncle who’s a massive chore to buy for, or that ONE friend who has everything! For the price of your traded in Nokia N900, you could put a few precious pounds towards the Weird Presents fund. Digital photo key ring? Stealth video sunglasses? Battery powered wine opener? Come on, no-one has EVERYTHING!
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