I tend to get a bit sentimental about objects in my life. Even a mobile phone . . .
I don’t like owning a lot of stuff – I prefer a few really good-quality things, so sometimes I get a bit attached to them. Shoes (I bought the same pair of boots every couple of years for about 15 years), my bike(s — if I’m honest) and my technology.
I’m also really fond of a potato masher that’s been in my family for years . . .
So it’s with some reluctance that I gave up on my old mobile phone and traded up to a new one. I figured it would be a faff to set up, but actually it was just a case of plugging the old one into the new one — and it sorted itself out.
Now I wish I’d made the change sooner. It actually takes good pictures, whereas the last one definitely needed to go to Specsavers — everything was wildly out of focus. Plus, I never really use a camera anymore, it’s always the phone, so it needs to take sharp pics.
Also, I can control the central heating from it, which is ridiculous but fabulous. There have been a few chilly mornings recently where I’ve thought I need the room a bit warmer to convince me to emerge from the duvet, and now I can sort that out!
I’m reluctant to pop the old one away in a drawer, especially as there are half a dozen other old phones in there. I think there’s even one of the really old ones, when you used to have to pull up the antenna, and you could play Snake on it.
I noticed a charity called Little Lives that also take the phones as well — how brilliant to know that they’re able to benefit from every penny that it’s worth. And goodness me they go out of their way to make it easy, with pre-printable labels to take them to the Post Office with!
Given that I get attached to things, when it does come time to replace them, it really helps to know that the old ones are going to a good home. Whether that means being properly recycled, or it’s clothes that’ll be worn by someone in need or just given to a charity to raise funds. There are so many ways your old things can help these days.
I’ve even done it with a few old bikes – something I really struggle to let go of. And now I find there are charities that will take your old bike and refurbish it for a new life in developing countries.
Amazing. What an easy way to make a difference.
Read Features Team Marion’s piece about how we’re a nation of recyclers.
For more from Alex, read his Features Ed blog here.