Press Release: April 19, 2010
Users of zonzoo.co.uk, one of the countrys leading mobile phone recycling websites, will be given the option of donating 5% of their phones value to The Woodland Trust. A second option will give the user the opportunity to donate 100% of their phones value to The Woodland Trust.
Zonzoo is Europes fastest growing green brand and last year recycled nearly two million mobile phones. It will treble that figure in 2010 with recycled mobile phones from its seven key territories: UK, Germany, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Portugal and Austria.
According to The Woodland Trust, the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with just 12% woodland compared to 44% on the continent. The charitys long term goal is to double native UK woodland. Each year the Trust plants more than half a million trees, which provide vital habitats to some of the country's most endangered species, such as the dormouse and the red squirrel.
The Woodland Trusts aim is to involve as many people as possible in tree planting through events across the country. The charitys Tree For All project has so far engaged more than 1.5 million children in planting over 6.5 million trees. The project has also sent out nearly 50,000 Hedge and Copse packs to schools and youth groups, which has led to the planting of 130 miles of hedgerows across the UK.
Colin Armstrong-Bell, Zonzoo chief executive officer, said:
Zonzoo is a strong believer in giving to good causes and we are fortunate in having some of the UKs best charities partnering us in various initiatives. Making it easy for our customers to give to a chosen charity is very important for Zonzoo. I am delighted that we have added The Woodland Trust to our roster of charities and look forward to working with them.
Yasmine Davies, from the Woodland Trust said:
The Trust is thrilled to be in partnership with Zonzoo which is doing an admirable job of recycling mobile phones, which may otherwise end up being dumped on landfill and polluting our natural environment.
If you have an old mobile laying around your house, why not recycle it with Zonzoo and help raise money for the Woodland Trust at the same time! The Trust will use the money raised through this partnership to manage and protect our precious woodland, which will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Zonzoo recycles mobile phones from the public, for charities and for such corporate customers as Nectar, Tesco, T-Mobile, Telenor, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone.
1.Zonzoo ensures that used phones are either stripped of harmful components, or used again in developing world.
2.Mobile phones contain mixture of elements that when broken down, can be hazardous if not disposed of properly. These include arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc.
3.Mobile phones that are re-used in the developing world provide an affordable first-time communication device for families and individuals, improving local economies, quality of life and personal safety.
Colin Armstrong-Bell, CEO, Zonzoo, on +44 (0) 208 274 4044
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