Where to Recycle Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices

The spring weather motivates many of us to resolve to get more exercise. As part of that effort, we might invest in some tools to help us get going. New exercise clothes, walking sneakers, bike tune-ups. To help us keep track of our efforts, we buy a wearable tracking device, like a FitBit or PolarLoop, to give us the data we need to stay on track. But, after a while, we start to lose motivation. Maybe we’re not seeing quick results. Maybe we’re just too busy with commitments that don’t allow for time to exercise. It is hard to create a new routine. One study* found that use of FitBit tracking devices dropped after only 2 weeks, in part because wearers couldn’t easily incorporate them into busy lives. Or, we lose confidence the device’s ability to give accurate data or find that the data is gives isn’t what we need. And, continuous advancements have us replacing our wearable for the newest model. Into a drawer the unused or old model goes.

RecycleHealth will take your unused tracker and donate it to someone who needs it. RecycleHealth donates wearable trackers to fitness research studies with underserved populations, like those with low incomes or the elderly, to find out the best ways to use trackers towards behavior change and health improvement and to learn which trackers suit which behavior change best. They provide a prepaid mailing label so it costs nothing to donate and it tax deductible. They are also interested in partnering with individuals or organizations to collect devices or distribute wearables as part of a research study. Check out their website for more info.


*When Fitness Trackers Don’t ‘Fit’: End-User Difficulties in the Assessment of Personal Tracking Device Accuracy
*Use and Adoption Challenges of Wearable Activity Trackers

*Why We Use and Abandon Smart Devices