The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Green Companies
Flipswap, Torrance, California, No. 81
Flipswap, founded in 2004 by Sohrob, Cyrus and Rahmeen Farudi, Edo Cohen and Andrew Berman, has collected over a million cell phones. The phones mostly come through retailers that collect old phones when a customer gets an upgrade, and through a free-shipping rebate program on its website. It resells 98 percent of the phones, mostly to retailers in China, South America, and South Africa. For every phone Flipswap can't resell, it plants a tree through American Forest's Global ReLeaf program.