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Environmentally friendly mobile phone recycling

February 3, 2011 by  
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Can you have an environmentally friendly mobile phone? Now there is a simple way to tell whether your phone is sustainable or not. Telecoms firm O2 has launched an eco-rating system for mobile phones. According to the company, 44% of consumers claim that environmental factors have an influence on their mobile phone purchase.

The Sony Ericsson Elm is the most sustainable phone, topping a list of 65 mobile phones from six manufacturers. It scored 4.3 out of 5, based on the product’s environmental impact, how it helps people lead more sustainable lives and the ethical performance of the manufacturer. All of the scores will be published online and in O2 stores. The eco ratings have been developed in partnership with Forum for the Future and the initiative forms part of O2′s Think Big sustainability programme.

Nokia has teamed up with mobile operator Telefónica to offer consumers eco-friendly versions of the Nokia N8 and Nokia C7 smartphones. This is more than just offering up recycled cardboard boxes and smaller packaging as you’ll find the phones have been stuffed with apps to help you reduce your carbon footprint further. Nokia has made a name for itself as one of the most environmentally tech companies in the past few years, and its set to continue the trend. During two music festivals this year, Nokia stayed true to its roots and ran recycling campaigns for old and unwanted phones and chargers – irrespective of brands. Nokia also committed to plant one tree for every 20 devices collected during the campaign, making a further difference to the environment.

However, now that you’ve gone down the route of making sure you have purchased an eco-friendly phone; don’t forget to dispose of it conscientiously. Recycle Mobile Phones is a comparison website that makes it an easy task to compare prices and get the best price for your old handset, whilst doing your bit to lessen the impact of landfill sites on the environment.

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