Mobile Phone Manufacturers Starting To Produce ‘Green’ Models

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Eco Friendly

At this week’s Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, the industries biggest get together, mobile phone manufacturers were falling over each other to showcase their new ‘green’ products.

LG and Samsung unveiled their new mobiles that have solar panels built in. Simply by putting one of these handsets in sunlight for 10 minutes will allow you to make a short phone call without the need for a battery.

Samsung already have a great track record for providing ‘green’ handsets after the recently released SGH-F268 was named by Greenpeace as the world’s greenest mass market mobile. LG have also promised to remove all chlorinated flame retardants, brominated flame retardants and PVC from its products by 2010. Both LG and Samsung have also trying very hard to produce 100% ‘green’ packaging.

Nokia the Finnish giant did show any ‘green’ handsets at the congress. Nokia’s Chief Executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, told the press that ‘being green should be about more than simply creating one off green handsets and features’. Nokia already recycle in 85 countries worldwide with their phone chargers being greener than most. The Nokia 6210 Navigator was named by Greenpeace as the greenest Smartphone in their recent survey.

The mobile phone industry has a long way to go before it can say that it is truly ‘green’, mainly because the industry keeps its customers by providing them with brand new phones every 12 – 18 months. Too many of their customers old phones are still ending in landfill sites either in the UK or in developing countries. Ultimately ‘green’ phones should always be accompanied by recycling programs to ensure all old mobiles are disposed of correctly.

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