Great news! We’ve found an easy way for our supporters to help us (and themselves) from afar!
CSNW has teamed up with a company called Planet Green, which is a company that recycles inkjet cartridges and old cell phones. For every inkjet cartridge and cell phone turned into them on our behalf, Planet Green sends us a donation (visit this link for a list of prices of what Planet Green gives us). I have a few volunteers from Seattle that have begun collecting for us. I sent in about 20 inkjet cartridges and 4 cell phones and we received a check for $37! (Considering it didn’t cost any of us a dime, not bad! Thanks so much guys!) Just think how much we could make if we all started collecting!? In addition, Planet Green is a remanufacturer, so you can purchase your inkjet cartridges through them and we receive 15% of every purchase. Visit this link to learn more: www.PlanetGreenRecycle.com/ChimpSanctuaryNW
If you would like to start up your own collection box for inkjet cartridges and cell phones, send me an email at Jackie@ChimpSanctuaryNW.org and I’ll set you up with flyers and shipping labels and get you started. It’s a really easy thing to do and a great way to help us (and the environment) out!
This program is not only good for us, you, our landfills, etc… but it’s also a great way to do your part on behalf of gorillas in Africa. Cell phones contain a mineral called coltan, which is a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in central Africa- home to lowland gorillas. Mass production of cell phones has resulted in mass destruction of the forests and is resulting in a loss of habitat for gorillas. By opening up the forest, this practice also paves the way for the slaughter of gorillas for the bushmeat trade. Recycling old cell phones is a great way to reduce the need for coltan and protect the gorillas and their home.