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31 August
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Recyclable Accessories

Gadget AccessoriesAccessories are a huge contributor to the e-waste issue; with the sale of millions of phones, laptops and games consoles comes the sale of chargers, remotes and controllers.

Accessories

While mobile phones remain quite bad for the environment, their accessories aren’t much better. Phone chargers are available pretty much anywhere; from Tesco to Primark. They don’t last very long (less than the lifespan of the phone) and we often lose them; needless to mention the plastic coating on the cable and the plug socket, they just aren’t good for the environment.

A Fresh Idea

Introducing nimble, a company who has launched a range of sustainable mobile accessories! Now we know what you’re thinking already, it’s not like the potato experiment from science at school where you powered a mini lightbulb with some crocodile clips and a spud.

This company have launched accessories including wireless charging packs and travel kits! If only we’d done that at school.

Plastic

Now don’t be fooled, the design will still look and feel like plastic; that’s because it is, it’s been designed using a plant-based bioplastic along with PET from recycled plastic bottles and recyclable aluminium.

Alongside this even the USB cables are BPA and PVC free, so when you’re finished with it, you can recycle it efficiently.

Packaging

Usually, brands fall flat at the final hurdle, yet Nimble have even ensured the packaging is eco, featuring 100% recycled scrap paper without any ink or colour to ensure it can be recycled when it’s done its job.

The brand itself is determined to be e-waste neutral by 2022; despite their green promises, the brand is relatively fair on pricing. It’s not as cheap as buying your Tesco or Primark chargers but it is cheaper than apple or your other top brands.

Our Verdict

It’s great to see brands taking responsibility for the recycling of its gadgets, the problem always seems so removed from those actually creating the products. Although these types of gadgets will still need to be recycled by companies like us here at Cash In Your Gadgets; it will mean the product won’t need to be disposed of in a way that minimises the damage to the environment. There eventually won’t be any damage.

24 August
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Recycle an Old Phone and Other Gadgets

Gadget Recycling

Recycling is something that is changing every aspect of our lives. From stopping us from using plastic bags at the supermarket to encouraging us to use a more eco-friendly method of transferring our shopping back to our cars.

Unfortunately, gadgets can’t be stuck in your green recycling bin, they require specialist recyclers like Cash In Your Gadgets who know how to strip components, re-use parts and utilise working devices.

If your planning to recycle your old laptop, recycle your old mobile or any other device which holds personal data we recommend wiping the device and restoring it to factory settings. You’ll need to remove your accounts to ensure when we receive a phone we can access it!

If you’re recycling your laptop we recommend wiping your hard drive, removing all of your personal documents prior to sending it to us. This will ensure you don’t forget a document you wanted and regret not wiping it before it’s out of your hands. We wipe all devices when we receive them to ensure any data you accidentally leave on your device never leaves our offices.

If you were to throw your old electronics and gadgets into your green bin, or even your black bin; there’s no way of guaranteeing your data is safe. With the EU going crazy over GDPR it’s vital our customers or potential customers know the dangers of throwing tech gadgets away rather than recycling them.

If you’d like to recycle any of your gadgets, either get in touch or visit www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk to ensure your data is wiped rather than exposed.

27 July
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Ways to Make Old Gadgets into New Tech

Gadget Book

These days it feels like we’re forever selling our old gadgets, or the alternative, sticking them in a draw until we move house. Unfortunately, this does the gadget and our planet no good unless they are safely recycled by companies like Cash In Your Gadgets.

This week we thought we’d share some wisdom on what your old semi working gadgets can be turned into.

Turn Your Mobile Into A House Hold Gadget

If you’re looking to use your old mobile phone for something other than making some quick cash we’ve got some great ideas. We’re in the business of recycling so it’s no surprise we know some of the tricks to utilising old gadgets.

When you think about it, even the first generation iPhones are essentially miniature computers; this makes them perfect for utilising at home.

Apps

Did you know there are loads of apps designed to help you transform your phone? There are also some pretty awesome low-cost accessories to add additional functions.

Security Camera – Manything, Silent Eye (Android), Dormi (Android)

Turn your phone into a security camera connected to wifi. Manything is a free app which means your device c.n be used to keep an eye on things in your home. Watch what’s happening by setting your phone in a position ready to catch a sticky-fingered sibling or a curious cat while you’re away on holiday.

Games Console – Old Android Devices

It’s surprisingly easy to turn your old mobile into an additional games console controller. Connect your phone to your TV using chromecast, or micro USB to HDMI. From here on the app store there are a large number of emulators for some of the classic game consoles including Nintendo 64!

Add your PS3 or PS4 wireless Bluetooth controller and you’re ready to play.

A VR Device

If you feel like you’ve missed out on the Gear VR and VR, in general, you’re not alone. Although virtual reality seems to have fallen a little flat, curiosity still gets the best of us sometimes.

Turning your phone into a VR device is surprisingly simple. Google recently launched something called Daydream. It’s a virtual reality headset which uses your smartphone for the screen and processor. The downside is your old device might not be fast enough to handle the app although a large number of Android devices are.

Creating your VR headset can be as cheap or as expensive as you like; you can buy a £13 kit or make your own with a pen, ruler and knife. Watch this YouTube Video for tips on how to start yours; remember your old smartphone will need to have a gyrometer to function as a VR device.

TV Remote

If you’re someone who is always losing the TV remote then this one for you! If you are also the type of person who’s forever looking for their phone, this probably won’t help very much!

Companies like Virgin Media, BT and sky all have apps which enable the boxes to work in different rooms. These often contain a remote function enabling you to switch channels from your phone or tablet.

The only downside is they control the box and so you’d still have to get up and turn the TV off at the end of the night.

Recycling Your Gadgets

These are just a few of the ways you can recycle your old computers, phones and games consoles. If they all feel like too much effort you can just recycle your old phones or tablets with Cash In Your Gadgets.