Green Mobile: How Cell Phone Makers Stack Up

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Having spent a lot of time in the wireless industry and being hopelessly addicted to my Blackberry and my Helio Ocean, I wanted to take a look at how manufacturers and carriers stand up when it comes to enviro-friendly action.

Nokia: Remaking Mobile

Nokia is one of my favorite handset manufacturers. Not only do they have some amazing concept devices, such as the Nokia Remade, a handset made entirely of pre-used parts from old tires to aluminum cans, they also currently have working devices on the market that are reducing impact. With covers made of recycled material and chargers that are Energy Star compliant and then some, Nokia is making bold strides in the right direction.

Nokia Remade

The 3110 Evolve’s biocover is made with 50% renewable material, and the packaging has been reduced by 60% for the handset. Along the a charger that uses 94% less energy that Energy Star compliance requires.

They are also active in getting consumers to unplug their devices, which is the reason your Nokia beeps to alert you when it’s fully charged. Nokia also advocates cell phone recycling programs to keep cell phones (and their toxic materials) out of landfills and in use as refurbished devices.


Motorola’s is placing its focus on getting old devices off the street and back into use to keep them out of landfills through school and recycling campaigns, such as the Motorola’s Trade Up program, whose tagline is: Go Green and Get Some Green.

Last year, the company announced a patent on a solar-powered technology that would allow the batteries to recharge through crystals in the LCD screen. While not a new idea, its another step forward in green thinking.


Like competitors Nokia and Motorola, LG is working to replace harmful ingredients, like cadmium, lead or nickel, which serves as skin irritant according to authority Eric Zeman of PhoneScoop, one of my favorite blogs for the mobile savvy. Their devices also beep to alert so that users can avoid phantom drain from the outlets (this also helps save the battery life span.)

Next Up: A look at the wireless service providers and other programs that are changing the game

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