Eco-friendly phones could tempt people to sell mobiles

9 December 2010 — 2:09 PM

Firms could enjoy success in the mobile market if they provide a model that has green credentials

Green-thinking Britons may be more tempted to sell their mobile phones if there were an eco-friendly alternative on the market.

James Taplin, principal sustainability officer at Forum for the Future, claims the production of a handset that does not significantly harm the environment is the next major challenge for manufacturers.

He argues there is a demand for devices that allow consumers to "be more sustainable in the way they live their lives".

"That's where mobile phone manufacturers have to focus a bit more effort," the expert continues, adding models that offer features such as video conferencing are doing their bit as they cut down on emissions from extra travelling.

Mr Taplin goes on to note providers need to come up with a phone that offers several devices in one.

LG recently announced it is one firm doing something about its green status, noting it is to replace all the magnesium found in its products with eco-magnesium.

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