Several companies offer phones built with a smaller carbon footprint.
Thu, Sep 02, 2010 at 12:09 PM
More and more companies are offering eco-friendly phones these days.
We know you might have a hard time trying to figure out which one to get; there are so many phones out there these days. Don’t fret. Here at the Mother Nature Network, we've taken the time to sort through the various phones and find the most eco-friendly brands.
Here’s a list:
Sony Ericsson Elm
The Elm is one of the models from Sony Ericcson’s Greenheart series of phones. Its housing is made from recycled plastics, it has an e-manual instead of a printed one and its packaging is compact. In addition, Greenheart phones come with a low power consumption charger to help save energy. The phone lets you connect to all of your favorite social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. It also comes with a 5 megapixel camera, a 2.2-inch screen and Sony’s Noise Shield technology, which helps filter out background noise while you’re talking. Price: about $185
Sony Ericsson Naite
Another of Sony Ericsson’s Greenheart phones, the Naite includes a 2.2 inch screen, a 2 megapixel camera, access to email and 3G web connection. Like the other Greenheart phones, this model comes with an e-manual instead of a printed one, has minimal packaging and uses recycled plastic in its housing. The Naite also comes with video calling capabilities and an FM radio music player. Price: about $130
Motorola W233 Renew
According to Motorola, the Renew is the first certified carbon-free phone on the market. The company can say this because they apparently offset the carbon dioxide needed to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone with investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation. The Renew also is the first phone to be made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottles. It comes with a postage-paid recycling envelope and its housing is 100 percent recyclable. In addition, the Renew comes with a 1.6-inch screen and its battery can last for approximately nine hours of continuous use and 18 days of standby time. Price: about $35
Samsung Blue Earth
Here’s an eco-friendly phone from the higher end of the price spectrum. The Samsung Blue Earth will set you back several hundred dollars but it comes equipped with its own solar panel. The solar panel, located on the back side of the device, can produce about 40mAh per hour. On the front side of the device, you will find a 3-inch screen for displaying several eco-friendly lifestyle applications that come loaded on the phone. Like the Motorola W233 Renew, the Blue Earth is made from recycled plastic bottles and contains no hazardous materials. It also comes with a three mega-pixel camera, a video recorder, an MP3 music player and an FM radio music player. Price: about $450
The LG Remarq is 100 percent recyclable and come in packaging that is made from 87 percent post-consumer material. It has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it easy to type emails and Facebook and Twitter updates. In addition, the Remarq is coated with a low-halogen paint that uses fewer harmful chemicals. Price: Free from Sprint after $50 mail-in rebate and two-year agreement
The Restore is free of hazardous chemicals such as PVC and Beryllium. It’s made with post-consumer plastics and water-based paint and comes with an Energy Star-certified charger. The phone comes with a 2 megapixel camera and expandable memory. In addition, it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4-inch screen. Price: about $50
The Reclaim is made from 80 percent recyclable materials. In addition, 40 percent of its casing is made from bio-plastic materials extracted from corn. It comes with GPS navigation (complete with audio turn-by-turn directions), a 2 megapixel camera and camcorder and a 2.6-inch screen display. The Reclaim also comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Price: Free from Sprint with a two-year agreement
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