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When he was 16, Aaron Malloy was arrested for robbery and sentenced to eight years in prison. After being released, he managed to get both an economics degree and an MBA—but he still had trouble finding a job because of his past. Eventually, we worked together to found Isidore Recycling, where he served as our first COO, and where his background was actually an asset.

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Got E-Waste? Target, RadioShack Will Buy Your Old iPhone

Target and RadioShack are buying old gadgets, making it all the easier to keep e-waste out of landfills.


One of the pitfalls of our ever improving tech devices is that we throw away perfectly good gadgets. You can probably recall at least one instance of replacing a cell phone not because it was broken beyond repair, but because a sleek new model caught your eye.

Planned obsolescence is sometimes more about perception than functionality, and that old phone you recently replaced might be just what someone else is looking for. That's why retailers like Target and RadioShack are partnering with websites like NextWorth, Gazelle, and CExchange to buy back used gadgets for store credit (or cold hard cash if you go directly through NextWorth.)

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Annie Leonard's Latest: The Story of Electronics

After exploring problems with the way we produce and consume water, cosmetics, and, of course, stuff, Leonard has turned her attention to electronics.

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There's a new video in Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff series. After exploring problems with the way we produce and consume water, cosmetics, and, of course, stuff, she has turned her attention to electronics.

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