Jason Li, age 16, a resident of Los Gatos, California, and a student at Saratoga High School is a winner of Action For Nature’s 2012 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Li was honored for starting an organization that re-purposes e-waste.
Jason operates a business named iREtron.com, which is a re-commerce internet company that buys old electronics which Jason repairs and re-sells at low prices to low-income individuals and students. IREtron will buy used cell phones, kindles, and iPod, etc., so that they don’t end up poisoning the earth when discarded. So far, over 500 items have been re-purposed.
Jason developed this innovative business and environmentally sound idea early in high school and hopes it will blossom into a profitable and earth-friendly business. In a society that is increasingly obsessed with technological gadgets, he has found an opportunity to help people and the earth avoid the looming hazard of e-waste; he believes that e-items should be repaired and reused rather than dismantled. As one of Silicon Valley’s youngest environmental entrepreneurs, Jason plans to expand his business. See more at https://www.iretron.com/
Every year since 2003, Action For Nature (AFN), a U.S.-based non-profit, has recognized young people ages 8-16 who are taking important steps to solve tough environmental problems. Youth from countries around the world send in their stories and explain their work. A panel of judges including experts in environmental science, biology and education determines the year's winners.