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3 Things We’re Looking Forward to at Sustainable Brands San Diego

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The ecoATM team (including the kiosks and our Outerwall family) will be attending and exhibiting at Sustainable Brands in San Diego next week, and we can’t wait to get there! This is an event where environmental and sustainability leaders from all corners of the country come together to discuss a range of topics, such as how to become the office champion for “greening” work processes, or how to implement a sustainable product design. These topics are right up our alley, and we’re excited to have an actual ecoATM kiosk on-site so we can discuss and show our fellow sustainability leaders how we’re approaching e-waste recycling.

Did we mention that the event is in San Diego this year? As conference attendees begin to ascend into our beloved hometown, let’s take a minute to talk about what we’re looking forward to most:

Networking. The attendee list for this event is impressive, and each person brings something different to the table. ecoATM started in 2008, and as a relatively new company, we’re eager to listen and learn from our peers. Plus, we’ve never networked on a paddleboard before, and now we finally, finally have the chance to do so.

A break from the everyday routine. Let’s face it: Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the office and mix up the usual day-to-day. A new routine (and a few cups of coffee) can cause the brain to hit the refresh button. This will help us think about new strategies or tools we can integrate into our business as the conference progresses. These specific sessions are definitely on our checklist (find the full program here):

  • The Value and Values of Content Marketing Today
  • The Responsible Entrepreneur
  • The Circular Economy: Beyond Theory into Practical Product and System Design
  • Innovation in Recycling and Take Back Programs

Exhibiting at the Activation Hub. Booth #604 – that’s the number to remember! Make sure you stop by and try a demo or two. We always enjoy seeing people interact with the kiosk for the first time, and of course for us to answer questions and get feedback.

If you can’t make it to the actual event next week, follow updates online by tracking the #sb2014sd hashtag or visiting us on Facebook or Twitter. Sustainable Brands will also be live streaming all the action right here on their website.

Alison is the Community Relations Specialist at ecoATM - stop by and say hello to her at Sustainable Brands!

To promote National Bike Month and the environmental benefits that come with this form of transportation, we interviewed ecoATM employees to see why they love to ride. 

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Meet Alex!

1. Why do you ride, or what motivates you the most? (Commute, for fun, for exercise, etc.) 

I ride road bikes primarily for fun. However, knowing that it’s good for my health and the environment are added benefits. 

The part I enjoy most about riding is the connection I have with a bike and knowing that what I get out of it is directly attributable to the energy I put into each pedal stroke. 

In addition to riding, I also collect bikes. Each one is unique, and I have come to appreciate the beauty in each bike’s design and quality.

2. Describe a bike trip you took that really sticks out in your mind. What made it special?  

I haven’t taken any exotic trips, but my favorite event is Bike the Drive in Chicago. Each year during Memorial Day weekend, the city closes the street so cyclists can ride up and down Lake Shore Drive. To have the Chicago skyline on one side of the street and the serenity of the lake on the other results in stunning scenery. It’s open to everyone, and it’s fun to see the different types of riders and their bikes.

3. How do you keep safe on the roads?

I keep my bikes well maintained. This includes checking and pumping up the tires, as well as the brake pads, before every ride. 

While riding, I always wear a helmet. In traffic, I assume that motorists do not see me, and I stay aware of my surroundings in case I need to swerve or hit the brakes. I use hand signals when turning or leaving the bike lane so motorists behind me know what to expect.  I also try to stay visible by using lights and wearing reflective materials when it’s dark out. 

Finally, I carry a kit that includes:

  • Identification and emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Tube patch kit
  • Spare tube
  • Tire boot
  • Tire levers
  • Hand pump
  • Spare chain pins
  • Multi-tool

4. What advice would you give to new riders? 

  • Get a bike you enjoy riding. This means getting a bike that fits not only your body dimensions, but also the type of riding you want to do. A good shop can help you with this. Make sure you visit multiple stores so you can see different makes and models. Finding and developing a relationship with a shop can also come in handy down the road if you want to make upgrades.
  • Find bike buddies. While cycling can often times be an individual activity, riding in a group can open up new friendships and routes for you to enjoy.
  • Be safe!

If you could bike anywhere in the world right this second, where would you go? 

The Pyrenees. The ride is set in the mountains with steep climbs, but the roads are isolated with beautiful views.

Hope you had a wonderful Bike Month!

To promote National Bike Month and the environmental benefits that come with this form of transportation, we interviewed ecoATM employees to see why they love to ride. 

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Meet Ahron! 

1. Why do you ride, or what motivates you the most? (Commute, for fun, for exercise, etc.)

I mostly mountain bike and ride trails. When you ride off road, you have to stay in the zone and focus on the terrain and obstacles or you’re guaranteed to crash. There isn’t time to think about work, life or anything else but what you are doing in that moment.

2. Describe a bike trip you took that really sticks out in your mind. What made it special?  

A few weeks ago, my wife and two boys (ages 5 and 7) went on vacation in Maui. We rented bikes to ride in Haleakalā National Park. We were dropped at the summit and rode downhill for 23 miles. It was an amazing ride.

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3. How do you keep safe on the roads?

Like I said, I mostly ride off road, but I always have:

  • A helmet
  • CamelBak
  • A few energy bars
  • Spare tire
  • Tire pump
  • Bike Multi-Tool

4. What advice would you give to new riders?

Get a bike that’s the right size for you and a quality bike rack for your car so you can explore and ride in new locations.

5. If you could bike anywhere in the world right this second, where would you go?

I would love the ride through Chile. There is a 1000km unpaved trail encompassing some of Chile’s most stunning terrain, including mountains, lakes and glaciers.

Read more about bike riding and how it can help the planet.

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How to Safely Throw Out Old Tech—And Make Some Money

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Don’t just toss old tech! Here’s how to protect your private info—and make some money—off outdated phones, computers & more.

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Last week, Sprint announced that it would begin selling “carbon negative” iPhone 5 and 5S cases and accessories. The maker of the case utilizes a technology that converts waste greenhouse gases into the case material. 

Recycling your electronics and the accessories that come with them is extremely important for the environment, but what should you think about if you’re looking for a sustainable phone case? Here are just a few of the options out there:  

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Company: Innovez

Made for: iPhone 4 up to the 5S; Samsung Galaxy S4

The Details: These phone cases are biodegradable via EcoPure, an advanced biodegradable transparent material. The company wants to provide a “stylish” opportunity to reduce a consumer’s environmental footprint.

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Company: Miniwiz

Made for: iPhone 4, 4S and 5

The Details: These cases (the Re-Case 4 and Re-Case 5) are garbage – literally. Made from 100% trash, the company uses post-consumer plastic and rice husks during production. Reusing this kind of waste ultimately prevents it from ending up in a landfill.

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Company: Reveal

Made for: iPhone 5/5S

The Details: This criss-crossed case is made of all natural cork. Reveal, the “makers of earth-friendly, luxury tech accessories,” explain that cork is ideal in that it’s renewable and harvested without damaging trees. They also offer other cases made of bamboo. 

Once you’ve worn out your old phone case, bring it along during your next trip to ecoATM for recycling – just place it into the Accessories Bin located on the side of the kiosk. Come full circle by starting and then ending the lifecycle of your phone case in an eco-friendly way!

To promote National Bike Month and the environmental benefits that come with this form of transportation, we interviewed ecoATM employees to see why they love to ride. 

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Meet Raul! (The guy who took this beautiful photo)

1. Why do you ride, or what motivates you the most? (Commute, for fun, for exercise, etc.)

I love bike riding. I do it for fun, but for exercise too. I only commute to work on Fridays because it’s the only day that I can go back home without any hurry - I can just relax after. It’s a challenging distance of about 32 miles both ways.

2. Describe a bike trip you took that really sticks out in your mind. What made it special?  

The last really motivating ride I did was in Spain, riding about 500 miles in nine days from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, known as “Camino de Santiago.” People normally walk this route, but it takes too long and I only had a few days. It was a great experience.

3. How do you keep safe on the roads?

I try to respect all the regulations - many roads have a special lane for bikes. I suggest getting a map from the city you’re in and confirm that bikes are permitted. Also, I try to ride with someone or a group.

Always wear colorful clothes or shoes, and bring a light so drivers and pedestrians can see you, as well as a little tool kit for emergencies (besides your cell phone and ID, etc.).

4. What advice would you give to new riders?

Make sure that you really like this activity so you have the chance to purchase the right bike for you. There are a lot of choices for all budgets, skills and interests. Speak with an experienced rider and ask questions.

5. If you could bike anywhere in the world right this second, where would you go?

I would be really interested in biking from Canada to Patagonia. Some people have done this ride, and it sounds pretty interesting.

Read more about bike riding and how it can help the planet.