Dear Friends,

Well it is official, it became spring at 7:44AM today. There is still snow in the yard and the roads are muddy but winter is over. The signs of spring are evident from the Robin I spotted in my yard this morning to the crocus buds pushing through the snow. The river is high but the gradual warming has limited the ice jams and we have not had any serious flooding yet (knocking heavily on my wood desk).

With spring comes some heightened activity on our annual Earth Day eWaste recycling day, which will be April 18th this year. We have moved the event to the local high school because last year we pretty much shut down the whole area with traffic as cars were backed up in both directions with people waiting patiently to drop off their ewaste. This year we have support from Apple, Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee, SymQuest, 7th Generation, Chittenden Bank, Canon, Chroma Technology, the Chittenden Solid Waste District and our new recycling partner WeRecycle.

WeRecycle is one of only a handful of eWaste recyclers that has signed the Basel Action Network’s e-Stewards Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship and has met the strict BAN criteria for ewaste recycling. (e-Stewards website: www.e-stewards.org) We collected over 130 tons of eWaste last year in our 4-hour event, making it the largest one-day event in the USA. This volume also allowed us to be the first and only electronics retailer to be able to claim that we recycle more ewaste than we sell each year.

I am proud to report that the Vermont Retail Association gave us the Greentailer of the Year award yesterday at a ceremony and lunch in Burlington. We are very proud to be recognized for our commitment to one of our bottom lines—planet!

Apple announced the iPhone 3.0 software on Tuesday and the new features include much-desired options such as tethering (using your iPhone as a modem for your Mac), cut and paste, open core location (permitting turn-by-turn GPS) and MMS support. With over 100 new features and 1000 new APIs for developers, this is a major advancement in the iPhone and iPod touch platform that will make it even more compelling and will open the door for additional devices to take advantage of the power and versatility of the software, App Store and Apple’s hardware (more below).

And just in case you were wondering, nope, we still are not allowed to sell the iPhone. It is a constant source of customer inquiry and frustration. It is somewhat unbelievable that Apple feels that a customer would have a better experience at Walmart or Best Buy than at Small Dog Electronics or the other Apple Specialists. We will keep asking, pleading and cajoling Apple and perhaps one of these days, they will see the light.

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