Africa Ewaste Offset Launch

$3,000 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
Created March 8, 2018
World Reuse, Repair, and Recycling Association (dba Fair Trade Recycling) is a not-for-profit consortium of recyclers and repair shops that support "Tech Sector" workers in emerging markets.

Fair Trade Recycling Dot Org 

WR3A was founded by a former Peace Corps volunteer and Environmental Regulator who was disturbed by "racial profiling" of "geeks of color" in emerging markets as "primitive ewaste scrappers".  The tech sector in places like Ghana represent the best, most honest, reputable jobs, and created the "critical mass of users" who supported investments in cell phone towers, internet cable, TV stations, etc over the decades.

E-Waste Offset is a new solution modeled after carbon neutral programs. Although the Tech Sector seldom if ever imports junk it can't resell or fix, they do recognize that eventually the reuse items do wear out and are discarded by Africans.  Rather than dodge the blame, Fair Trade Recycling members are offering to collect 30 year old junk TVs and computers, starting in Ghana, for re-export to Europe.  The recycling company in Spain has offered to process the TVs at cost.  We are looking for donations to cover the shipping and collection cost of the first container.

Join Fair Trade Recycling! 

$15 will pay for the cost of cleaning up one TV from this African TV repairman's yard.  He was a child when it was imported, and thousands of Ghana consumers used it to watch the World Cup in the 1990s. We don't blame them for the device's eventual end of life.

Read about our efforts to interview and partner with the brave Tech Sector entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, coverage of our partners (NPR, PBS, Smithsonian, etc) at our website.  Or read this article in MotherBoard.Vice.

.The Case For Fair Trade Electronics Recycling
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$3,000 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
Created March 8, 2018
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