Plugable USB and Bluetooth devices make life better for computer users. But sadly, not every Plugable device finds a home right away. Sometimes perfectly good products come back to us. Maybe it wasn’t the right device for the customer’s scenario. It might have been a warranty return, but the problem wasn’t actually the hardware. Over time, these products accumulate, and the question arises: How to dispose of them responsibly?
A returned product in brand-new condition that passes all tests might go out as a warranty replacement. But what about a perfectly good device that comes back in a damaged package or with minor scuffs and scratches?
“We don’t want working electronics to needlessly end up in a landfill as they so often do,” said Bernie Thompson, Plugable’s founder. “We work to find non-profits and local community groups that can put our devices to good use.”
Plugable has donated hundreds of devices to local non-profit organizations that reuse or recycle them. Two recent ones are the French Immersion School of Washington and Interconnection.org.
The French Immersion School of Washington is a non-profit, bilingual preschool and elementary school dedicated to helping students become culturally aware and better world citizens by immersing them in French as a second or third language. Plugable has set up a 25-seat computer lab there using donated Plugable multiseat docking stations. This allows five computers to accommodate an entire class of 25 students, saving space, maintenance costs, and energy.