tgtcoverby Carol Politi

kajeet is collaborating with environmentalist and author Jenn Savedge to get the word out to kids that they can positively affect our environment through their actions.  We have launched a “Green Tips” channel on the phone that provides a new tip each week to kids to get them thinking about how they affect the environment and what they can do to minimize their environmental impact.  The tips are easy to find – they are linked to from our Navigator web home page on the handset – and they free and available to all kajeet subscribers.

Jenn has provided the tips to us from her new book – “The Green Teen, the Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet“.    In addition to publishing these tips on the kajeet phones, I’ll be publishing them on the blog each week.  Our tip this week is:

Rent, Borrow, or Swap – Use the 24 hour rule when shopping and ask yourself if you really need to buy it.  Could you rent, borrow, or swap with a friend instead?  If not, give yourself 24 hours to think it over.  If you still want it, go back and get it.    Tip byJenn Savedge, author of “The Green Teen“.

Jenn is also the author “The Green Parent” blog which is  a wealth of information about how to inspire earth-friendly living.

Please let us know how you work with your kids to help inspire them toward earth-friendly living.  We would love to hear your tips!

by Carol Politi

kajeet was evaluated by a team of parents at PTPA Media recently. They tested out virtually everything including our parental controls, our services and our pricing – and generally critically evaluated us from a mom’s point of view.

The PTPA concept is the have parent reviewers test parenting products to make it easier for busy parents to make good decisions when they buy products for their kids. I wish I had seen the “teething bling” when my kids were babies. I also love the “My 411 Wristbands” – it can be so easy to get separated from a child in a place such as an amusement park. And rinseless shampoo would sound too good to be true if I did not know how thoroughly the parent reviewers put each product through their paces.

The good news is that they awarded kajeet the Parent Tested, Parent Approvied Seal! kajeet is the only cell phone service to win this award. We are thrilled that the PTPA parent evaluators liked our service.

Take a look at the PTPA Media website to check out other award winning products for parents and kids (including a large array of organic products). You can also sign up to be one of their parent evaluators and be the first to see new parenting products when they come out.

It’s Greener On The Web

August 19, 2008

No, kajeet is not launching a new broccoliphone. We’re just thinking more about our own relationship to the environment, about how we can be ever more green.

One major thing we’re doing is focusing more of our sales efforts on the Web, and less on stores. This is better for the environment in three ways. First, there’s less shipping involved when a customer purchases kajeet from our web site. This is because we can ship it to you directly. If it is sold through a retail outlet, we have to ship it to a retail distribution center, and then it has to be shipped – again – to the retail store. That’s a lot of extra shipping for the package that hangs from a hook on a retail shelf.

Second, marketing efforts on the Web simply use less paper. We don’t have to print huge quantities of four-color brochures or “header-cards” that are needed to catch the attention of customers in a retail store.

And, finally, we don’t have to drive around from retail store to retail store making sure our packages are in stock and properly displayed. That saves driving no small number of miles in this enormous country of ours.

Another thing we’re doing is making it easier for customers (or anyone, for that matter) to recycle their old cell phones. We help you do this at www.kajeetrecycles.com. And we pay the postage for you to send in your phone. I think there’s much more we can do to promote cell phone recycling, which has many benefits. I’ll have more to say about our cell phone recycling efforts soon.

If you think about it, cell phones in general can help us all be more efficient with our scarce resources. Have you ever used your cell phone to save time, or save a trip, by coordinating with a family member or friend when and where to meet? If you did, you did something green, something that made more efficient use of your car and your increasingly expensive gasoline (and probably your time, as well).

Can we do even more? No doubt. We’re thinking about how. Please let me know if you have ideas about how kajeet can be even greener. We’re listening.