Tuesday, September 4, 2012

60,000 Ways to Give: iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Smartphones

 iPhones, iPods, iPads & Smartphones

Here at Causes International, we pride ourselves on the fact that we accept 60,000+ items for donation. 60,000 is a big number! So, we’re starting a new series here on the CI blog, called 60,000 ways to give! This series will go through every category of what we take, giving you a brief overview and an example. I’m excited, this should be fun!

The thing with electronics is that new versions are coming out all of the time. You buy the newest iPhone or iPad, and within months Apple announces their "newest" model is in the works. What! So, staying connected with the latest and greatest, you upgrade and you put another device in your drawer to sit idle soon to be forgotten.  Let’s face it, that happens to everyone.  
I, personally, had my first 4 phones sitting in a drawer and I am only 16!  Why? Don’t ask me, I have no idea. Before starting at Causes,  if I was to get rid of them, what I would do is chuck them in the trash can and call it a day.  Now, after learning about the harm they do to the environment, I Upcycle them.  Upcycling keeps them out of landfills, plus it raises money for a cause that I’m passionate about. What isn’t there to love about that?
 Here’s the catch with Upcycling those electronics to your favorite cause. Yes, there are 60,000+ electronics that can be donated, BUT not  everything can be donated. So, the next few posts are going to go through everything that we do take, just to make the whole process easier for everyone. Okay? Awesome! Let’s start with  iPhones, iPods, iPads & Smartphones.
Lets' face it, if you started buying iPhones you either got the iPhone bug or have moved on to other Smartphones.  Well if you are an iPhone buyer then this is really easy, because we take every single iPhone. Yes, even the oldest 1-2G iPhones we take. The 1st Generation iPhone that’s, more or less, in good condition, has a donation value of  $22. The 3G which with the new iPhone 5 coming out next month will be 5 generations old has a $51 donation value!  The values only go up from there.  Even if your phones have a smashed face, as long as they power on they still have donation value and are worth something, and that something is still helping out a cause.
With iPods, we take the iPod Touch, Mini, Classic, Video, Nano, and Shuffle. When I started camp in 7th grade my green iPod Nano was attached to my hip. It was bright pink with 8GB and I loved it!  I went nowhere without it! So, let’s take a look at the 4th Generation 8G Nano.  If it powers on, the display isn’t cracked, the buttons and audio jack are working, and the back plate is dented, it’s worth $20.00. What! An iPod from at least 4 years ago, that you haven’t touched in ages, is worth $20.00! You’re getting it off of your hands, at no cost to you, and that money is still going towards a cause and it is 100% tax deductible!  That $20.00 is making a difference!
For iPads, we take the original iPad, second generation, and third generation iPads. Let’s look original iPad, 32 GB + Wifi shall we? If there are no cracks in the front, the back is not dented/scratched, power still works, all of the buttons still work, the wifi still works, the audio jack works, it isn’t engraved and doesn’t have the original box, it’s worth $150!  That’s the original iPad,now if it had dead spots and a cracked display and it was cracked and chipped on the back it is still worth $80.00!  How cool! Can you imagine what a fully functional iPad with wifi AND 3G would be worth? And, you’re doing a good deed because it’s all going to a cause. That’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
Smartphones are a broader subject than the iProducts. There are more types of Smartphones out there, so which ones do we take? We take Samsung smartphones, HTC smartphones, Blackberries, Motorola’s, Nokia’s, Sony Ericcson, Palm smartphones, and others too! That’s a lot of phone carriers, yes indeed. For at least a year, one of my friends used the Sony Ericsson X10 Xperia in white and I was absolutely astounded by it.  If it powers on, the screen is not chipped/cracked, still fully functional, the buttons work, and there’s no evidence of water damage, it’s worth $25.80.  If the screen is cracked it is still worth $12.90.   The phone is a few years old already and still has decent donation value.  
 That about wraps it up for the first edition of 60,000 ways to give. Next time you’re cleaning your house, look out for any Smartphones, or iProducts that may be lying around. They can make a true difference in helping others and definitely help change the world.

Coming Up Next: Calculators, Tablets & E-Readers, and GPS!

Stay Green,


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What IS Upcycling?

Now that we've introduced you to our company, you may be wondering,

What IS Upcycling?

I briefly explained it in the last post, but I thought I would go into more detail in this one.
Urbandictionary* says, Upcycling is: 

"The practice of converting waste materials into products of greater value"

WizeGeek* says, Upcycling is:

"A process in which disposable or discarded items are repurposed to make them valuable, useful, or simply aesthetically pleasing."  

About.com* says, Upcycling is:

"[T]he practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value"

For Non-Profits, Upcycling is, 

"A solution to raising money without having to write a check!"

For corporations, Upcycling is:

"A solution for bridging corporate sustainability and employee engagement with capital sourcing for non-profits!"

For the Environment, Upcycling is:

"A solution to protecting the planet and all of it's inhabitants!" 

To us, here at Causes International, Upcycling is:

"The transformation of a useless item into a useful item, keeping it out of the waste stream and creating funding for causes throughout the world!"

Stay Green,


* urbandictionary.com

* wizegeek.com 

* About.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Welcome to Causes International

Hello there and welcome to our blog! 
We're thrilled to have you here! 
Let me just explain a bit about what we do, who we are, and where we want to go.

Who we are:

We're a green cause marketing company, meaning that we want to help various causes, aka charities, in a "green" way. But how do we do that easily?  First we want to help eliminate the effects of improper disposal of electronics.
We want to help you to turn this:

Into this:

Second, we want to offer an easy, web based way to generate revenue for various causes in the United States and throughout the world. 
We want to help you turn your no longer used and outgrown electronics:


Into money to support the causes closest to your heart:

                        We are committed to helping our clients who are committed to helping others.

No cause is more important than yours!

Our mission:
We want to empower clients and their donors to change the face of charitable giving with a green and easy way to make money for the causes that matter most to them, all without writing a check! We provide safe and responsible programs for Upcycling items to re-commerce which produce funding in an environmentally friendly way!

What we do:
You may be wondering, "What is Upcycling?"  
Upcycling isn't well known because it's a brand new concept!
Upcycling is when you take no longer used electronics, devices, and gadgets and turn them into funding for the causes that you support!
Upcycling protects the world form e-Waste, aka electronic waste, dumping. 
No item ever goes into a landfill! 

What we take:
We take over 60,000 items in a variety of categories! 
Some of the categories are:
iPhones & Driods & other Smartphones, iPads, Blu-Ray & TV Series, Video Games, Game Consoles, Graphing Calculators, iTouch & iPod, iPad, DVD's, and more!
To check what we do take, visit our website causesinternational.com

Why we made this blog:
We want you to get to know us!
Knowing the core of the company gives you a much more meaningful, individual experience. 
We care about you, and we want you to know us!

So, why should you get involved?
Well, why wouldn't you?
If you work with us, you're going to change the world and make it a better place for our children's future with a double dose of good.
It's green and it's easy.
You're helping charities, and by doing that you're giving back to the people that need it the most.
You can do it from the comfort of your home, in less than 10 minutes, and completely for FREE. Everything is covered by us, even the shipping!**

It feels so good to be so green!

Be part of the revolution that will change the world!

Stay Green,


*: pictures taken from
**: United States only.