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As part of our sustainability pledge to discuss best practices openly and honestly, we share insights that allow others to effect change in their community. While companies have responsibility to drive change internally, we believe they also can add to their insights and impact by sharing their experience with others.

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BE Profiles TechTurn: Transforming Electronic Waste into Social, Environmental and Economic Gain

Sep 13, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   Company Profiles  //  No Comments

One of BusinessEarth’s goals is to prove that socially and environmentally responsible business is possible and profitable. When we find a company that embodies these principles, we highlight their achievements and challenges so you can apply their lessons to your business.

TechTurn: technology recovery, refurbishing and remarketingIn 1999, Jeff Zeigler discovered a problem and a business opportunity. “As Y2k approached, I saw a huge event about to happen. Lots of companies were upgrading hardware and there were no good options for their old units.”

Seeing the financial and environmental potential in reclaiming electronic waste, Zeigler launched TechTurn in Austin, Texas. What began as a small, privately funded startup in a garage has grown into a global operation with sustainability at the core of its business model. Read more >>

8 Great Sites to Put Reuse to Use

Aug 10, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   The Environment  //  No Comments

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” There’s a reason that ‘Reuse‘ comes before ‘Recycle’. By putting old items to new use, you save energy and resources from being spent on a new item. Oftentimes, you can even make money in the process.

8 Great Sites for Reusing Old Items in New Ways

Here are eight great sites that you can reduce your environmental footprint by increasing your reuse:

  1. RecycleMatch – Buy, sell or recycle used materials
  2. RecycleThis – Discover new ways to use or recycle old items
  3. Habitat ReStores – Remodel your house with reuse
  4. Freecycle – Give and get the gift of reuse
  5. SuperUse – Get inspired by the masters of reuse design
  6. TechTurn – Sell and upgrade your computer systems
  7. iReuseHauling – Clear your “junk” with a clear conscience
  8. EcoSquid – Make money from your old mobile phone.

Some of these sites are in beta form and their services may not be available in your city. However, each one represents a business approach to solving an environmental problem.

The next time you think about throwing something in the trash, stop and think how you could reuse it. What are you doing to get new value from old items?