Universal charger 'will be great news for the planet'
29 October 2009 — 10:25 AM
Consumers with money for old mobile phones may find their replacement device benefits from a new project that has been praised by one commentator this week.
According to a spokesman for MobileWire, a UK-based website which offers news and information on developments across the telecommunications sector, the creation of a universal charger will be great news for the planet.
Brian Turner, executive editor of the publication, said the advent of such a product is just one way that the market can improve its green credentials and is a sensible move.
"This is especially the case as the manufacture of mobile phone hardware is closely linked with mining in sensitive ecological areas, not least the last preserves of the Mountain Gorilla in the Congo," he added.
Mr Turner's comments follow the release of a statement from the International Telecommunication Union this week that confirmed the launch of the Universal Charging Solution.
Commenting, Envirofone.com head of marketing Julie Snape praised the move to universalise chargers.
"This is a big step forward in the fight to limit the impact of technological change on our environment," she said. "If fewer variations of the same product are manufactured, we can dramatically reduce the volume of precious minerals, such as coltan, that need to be mined."
Envirofone.com recycles and reuses 100 per cent of the mobile phones it receives and participates in numerous projects aimed at reducing the impact of the mineral-mining necessary for the manufacture of electrical goods.
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