'Green is the new black' when it comes to mobiles
10 December 2009 — 9:41 AM
An increasing number of consumers are considering the environmental impact of their handset when they buy a new mobile phone, according to a number of environmental groups and analysts.
Medill Reports noted that handsets such as the Motorola Renew - which claims to be the world's first carbon-neutral phone, as it is made of recycled plastic bottles - are testing the market to gauge the interest of consumers in such products.
Don Bartell, senior director of environmental initiatives at the mobile phone firm, commented that "more and more" customers are enquiring about the environmental aspects of their handsets.
Recycling old mobile phones is another way consumers can help the environment when they update to a newer model.
According to Recycle For London, homes and businesses across the UK currently contain an estimated 15 million mobile phones that are not being used.
It notes that these devices need to be recycled or disposed of in a safe way so that their toxic components - including the rechargeable battery and the LCD screen - are not released into the ecosystem.
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