Partnering with like-minded organizations is critical to human-I-T’s mission of creating digital opportunities for all people. One of the newer partnerships that we are proud to have fostered in December was with Avocado Green Brands, a producer of mattresses, pillows, and bedding made from certified organic, natural, and non-toxic materials.
Both organizations operate with environmental sustainability at their cores, and we are honored to share a vision of a sustainable future with Avocado. As part of Avocado’s efforts to become carbon negative in 2020 and their larger goal of becoming fully Net Zero by 2020, the two organizations came together to give unwanted technology a second life by leveraging human-I-T’s refurbishment and recycling expertise.
From December 15th to December 30th, Avocado’s employees were encouraged to come to their Fullerton, CA location and drop off any unused technology that they had lying around their homes. At the same time, the internal team at Avocado was hard at work collecting unused business equipment that was no longer being used throughout their offices.
Todd Johnson, Avocado’s Director of IT, noted the following:
“First, I’d like to say human-I-T resonates with me personally. As an IT professional, I’m always looking for ways to upcycle tech items. The fact that they are restoring electronic devices and donating them to people in need takes this initiative even further. I couldn’t ask for a better company to partner with when coming up with our First Annual ‘Tech – Drive’. The Avocado Green Brands team rallied together and donated 12 full pallets of computers, printers, monitors, and other items. These items would have gone to an E-Waste facility, then eventually ended up in landfills. I would urge all companies to utilize human-I-T. The old adage holds true; be the change that you want to see in the world. Holding these drives annually, is just another way for Avocado Green Brands to do its part. Avocado Green Brands prides itself on being a sustainable brand. We are a Certified B-Corporation, and our products are organic certified by GOTS. These traits, along with having a negative carbon footprint, aligns perfectly with Human-I-T’s mission of environmental sustainability!
Just before the New Year, our dedicated logistics team headed off to Fullerton to pick up the truckload of tech - which we brought to our Bell warehouse to process for corporate-grade data wiping and to provide an itemized tax-deductible donation receipt to the Avocado team. Thanks to the efforts of Avocado’s team, this technology will be used to directly fuel human-I-T’s mission of providing digital opportunities for those in need, all while keeping over 3,400 pounds of e-waste materials out of our landfills and groundwater. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Avocado for their efforts in partnership, and look forward to more collaborative efforts in the future.
To learn more about how you can help your e-waste live a second life, reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (888) 268-3921. If you are ready to donate, visit https://www.human-i-t.org/donate-technology to submit an inquiry, and you will receive a response within 1 business day.