4 eco-conscious mobile phones that deserve a big green thumbs up!
You don’t have to be a tree hugger to have a desire to reduce your e-waste—you know all those cell phones, media players, tablets, laptops, and computers are filling up our landfills. The scary thing is that according to the statistics approximately 130 million cell phones ended up in U.S. landfills this past year, leeching their toxic properties (such as lead and arsenic) into the soil and contaminating the water supply,
I think of myself as a rather green person so when my old cell phone didn’t cut it anymore earlier this year (it was just getting way too slow, dropping calls, and the battery was draining after a phone call), I decided that if I was going to buy a new mobile phone, I was going to do it as environmentally responsible as possible. Part of that responsibility included disposing of my mobile device in a eco-friendly manner. So I decided to track down a local electronics recycling (or e-waste) center that would ensure my old device didn’t end up in a landfill. That was the easy part. However, when it actually came to finding a greener replacement cell phone—that was where the real research kicked in.
I wanted the phone to:
- Be more energy efficient or longer-lasting
- Contain less toxic materials—maybe even recycled plastics
- Reduce my carbon footprint by giving off less greenhouse gas emissions
- And be packaged in recycled casing
As luck would have it, I discovered the following four very impressive” green” cell phone options:
1. Purchase a used mobile phone
Not only is this the most valiant act of recycling, it’s the most environmental option when it comes to a replacement cell phone. Why? Because extending the life of a cell phone that’s already in use cuts down drastically on e-waste. I mean, imagine the positive impact if we all replaced our phones like this? The majority of cell phones wind up in landfills not because they are broken, but because their owners want to upgrade to the newest and trendiest model. It doesn’t mean those phones don’t have good life still left in them. So emancipate a cell phone otherwise banished to the trash by looking to online sources for used phones—for instance, Kijiji , Craigslist, eBay, and even Amazon, and Best Buy for refurbished models.
2. Samsung Evergreen
As the name suggests, the Samsung Evergreen is one of the most environmentally friendly cell phones available in the consumer market. It’s not only manufactured using 80% of recycled plastics—it takes earth consciousness far further. Take the Energy Star-rated charger that comes with the phone and tells you exactly when it’s fully charged so that you don’t have it sucking energy any longer than needed. It’s also pre-loaded with a few eco-themed apps, like the Eco Walk app, which encourages users to walk rather than drive using a handy pedometer that tracks how much you’ve reduced in CO2 emissions. To top it all off, the Evergreen is even packaged using recycled paper, plastic, and soy ink.
3. LG GD510
LG phones get a big green kiss for their LG GD510 model smart phone, which definitely shows its stroke of genius as the first available solar powered mobile phone. Obviously this phone reduces electrical use because of its solar powered prowess. But don’t fret, that doesn’t mean buyers will lose the bells and whistles in the effort to be more eco-friendly. You’ll get all the perks you’re used to, including a frameless, large touch screen, a speedy web browser, a 3MP camera and more—all encased in PVC-free, recycled plastic casing.
4. iPhone 4S
Now I love Apple—partly due to the fact that all iPhones come packed with so much multi-functionality that you can use the one device in place of multiple devices. For instance the iPhone 4S includes a multimedia player and storage device, a digital camera and video recorder, an electronic calendar, GPS device, e-reader, alarm clock, calculator, and we can’t forget all of the fabulous apps (I couldn’t live without my java finding app that directs me to the closest coffee shop in the mornings when I’m not so alert). However, one can’t overlook that Apple manufactures its products with zero hazardous chemicals! Now that deserves two big green thumbs up!
Bio: Jane Johnson is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, reviews and more.