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Green Handsets and recycling

May 18, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

17 May 2012 – Green handsets are phones that are made with a large percentage of recyclable materials inside.

A new report by analyst firm Juniper Research says that this is a segment that will grow tenfold to 392 million handsets in 2017 from the current 31 million in 2012.

Sony Ericsson Elm 

Sony Ericsson once made the Greenheart range around 2009. There was a portfolio of products with names like Aspen and Elm and the idea was that SE would reduce the carbon footprint of its product by 15% by 2015. Needless to say, we wonder if that is still on track now that Ericsson is out of the partnership.

Sony Ericcson Aspen

There was also a Motorola Renew W233 which comes with all sorts of recycled components in the phone and the packaging. It even had a prepaid envelope inside the box for you to send back the phone when it wasn’t working any more.

Did you know that the average lifespan of a phone is 12 to 18 months? After that, it is either replaced or given away. Certain regions of the world have very strict guidelines on how technology companies must recycle their products. It is no longer acceptable to sell and forget about the environmental impact of the product.

Motorola Renew

You might want to do a little more reading on the Waste electrical and electronic equipment law ratified by EU member states. In short, manufacturers are responsible for disposing of their products once the products are no longer usable. The laws make it compulsory for manufacturers to accept back the unusable product from the consumer. It also compels the manufacturer to either dispose of it properly, or recycle it back into products.

It is nice to know that something is being done about the loads of electronic trash that people throw out everyday.

♠ JC


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