A SocialBox.Biz Blog post update by Alex, October 1st, 2016
SocialBox.Biz, a London-based technological social impact community interest venture on a mission to collect old disused no longer needed but still useful laptops and hand-held tablet devices to those in need, this week announced they are interested in collecting more Apple products, Apple MacBooks, Apple chargers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Applie iBooks ahead of the holiday seasons and beyond.
Determined to provide a channel out of digital exclusion for society’s most marginalised members – homeless, elderly, and disabled – SocialBox.Biz partners with local businesses for laptop computer donations collections, and in turn, places the donation in the hands that need them most.
“We want to collect every kind of laptop brand, whether it’s Apple Mac, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, HP, Sony, Apple, and more, to ensure as many people as possible in accommodation services have a chance at digital inclusion,” commented the team of SocialBox.Biz. “In order to do that, we are now accepting all kind of Apple product donation for reuse, rehoming and donating instead of recycling, including old iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks and any other kind of Apple Computer device that can provide worth to someone with nothing.”
SocialBox.Biz’s expansion to include Apple Mac products is designed to spur even more interest in the hearts of Londoners and London based businesses, schools, private schools and colleges and institutions such as local councils and universities who are looking for a good cause before holiday season when they are likely to receive gifts of new devices and in fact any other time would be a good time to do the right thing.
Waste prevention and reduction via reuse and donations is one of the convincing reasons to reuse and donate products especially now with the UK Climate Change Act in effect it can help those London based organisations such London based businesses, schools, private schools and colleges and institutions such as local councils and universities. SocialBox.Biz locally focused solution for old but still usable Apple Mac products is also helping them with the Climate Change Act problems by reducing Scope 3 emissions.
Digital Inclusion related to the ability for an individual to have supported, concrete access to the digital world today. Whether it be through a mobile device, laptop, tablet, or PC, Iphone, Ipad, MacBook… one of these expensive electronic items are needed, plus Internet and WiFi..
Most destitute individuals such as refugees, older people on small pensions , and families operating at the lowest levels of the socioeconomic ladder may barely have food for a single meal a day, let alone access to a new iPhone. The result? They have no possible way of ever creating a resume, applying to most jobs, and researching information that could make or break their dire situation.
Selling old computers ? Anyone can sell their old computer, selling is something that many scrap broker offer some times called a ‘ rebate or residual rebate’. But where are these markets for bulk old tech ? — markets are generally abroad, so this is not helpful when it comes to Climate Change Act and reduction of Scope 3 emissions and it does not help with meeting social contact, social value and social obligations towards the local communities around us. Local is the word that is found more and more in CSR and ESG reports and something that is becoming increasingly important to investors and consumers.
Preventing waste saves natural resources as well as the energy used in making new products. Studies show that reusing and rehoming a computer rather than replacing it with a new one saves 139 pounds of wastes, 7,300 gallons of water, and 2,300 kilowatts of energy needed in making a new one. There is a massive further reduction due to local reuse and local rehoming and local donating because it help reduce the number of containers filled with old tech going abroad – thus reducing CO2 emissions especially Scope 3 aspect.
Scope 3 – According to Carbon Trust Scope 3 emissions include: Purchased goods and services, Transportation and distribution (up- and downstream)….
Once items are donated to the London-based social enterprise, they they arrange for suitable devices to be handed to homeless and elderly in accommodation services. The digital access then gives them a chance to apply to jobs and communicate with family and friends.
SocialBox.Biz is encouraging everyone to share their business mission with friends and family, and consider donating outdated Apple products that are often swept aside when new versions come out every 6 months.
July 2020 Update:
SocialBox.Biz team received this case study from one of the older people charity partners:
The iPad have been matched with older service users to enable them to connect with friends and family. This has been especially important during this difficult time when many older people are more isolated than usual. We have first talked to the service user over the phone to find out their interests and what they would like to be able to use the iPad for. We have then set them up so they are ‘ready to use’ on delivery. We hold a handover/training session at their home (in full P.P.E.) and then follow up with telephone support as needed.
Innovation: One older service user has been able to join a zoom meeting for the first time and have a virtual ‘coffee morning’ with friends. Another service user has been able to use i-player to catch up on TV series she has wanted to watch ! Another has been able to watch You-Tube videos of their favorite singer; we even set her screensaver with an image of the singer, which was a nice surprise when she turned the device on!
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