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Cell phone manufacturers and wireless carriers are dabbling with the idea of selling green-themed cell phones to eco-conscious consumers, regardless of the fact that it’s not so clear that these green-marketed phones are actually finding an audience. Most of these phones are still in the pipeline […]

SamsungReclaimGreen.closed.smallCell phone manufacturers and wireless carriers are dabbling with the idea of selling green-themed cell phones to eco-conscious consumers, regardless of the fact that it’s not so clear that these green-marketed phones are actually finding an audience. Most of these phones are still in the pipeline and haven’t reached consumers yet in the U.S., but Sprint is taking a risk and says it will start selling Samsung’s Reclaim phone next week at Sprint Stores and Best Buy. Now the bigger question (beyond whether or not consumers will embrace theses phones) is this: Are the devices really more energy-efficient, responsible for less carbon emissions, and at the end of the day, better for the planet? Well, not if they’re being built out of corn like the Reclaim. Here’s eight green phones that could be coming to a store near you:

Name Available Eco Features Features
Reclaim, Samsung Sprint, August 16 80 percent recyclable materials, 40 percent of outer casing bioplastic made from corn (yuck), PVC free, and “nearly” BFR free, charger Energy Star qualified 3G, slider QWERTY, GPS, one click button for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube
F268, Samsung China Contains no PVCs or BFRs Slider
BlueEarth, Samsung UK market Recycled plastic from water bottles, a pedometer, software to track your reduced carbon emissions, free from beryllium and phthalates, solar panel on the back, one touch Eco-mode. Pebble shaped
GreenHeart, C901, Sony Ericsson NA Claims to have a 15 percent smaller carbon footprint than standard phones, online manual, smaller packaging, and made of at least 50 percent recycled plastics. Candy bar
GreenHeart, Naite, Sony Ericsson NA Claims to have 15 percent smaller carbon footprint than standard phones, online manual, smaller packaging, and made of at least 50 percent recycled plastics, Ecomate application with Carbon Footprint Calculator. GPRS/EDGE/UMTS, candy bar
Evolve, 3110, Nokia Europe Made from biomaterials, charger only uses electricity when charging, Candybar style, tri-band GSM radio, GPRS/EDGE 1.3 megapixel cam, FM radio
Renew, W233, Motorola T-Mobile, Best Buy Says it’s the first carbon-free cell phone on the market, works with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon emitted to make and operate the phone. Made from recycled water bottles and is 100 percent recyclable. Candy bar, dual-band GSM, GPRS
ZTE Coral-200-Solar Jamaica’s Digicel Group The first mass-market solar cell phone, being sold where there is limited access to the power grid. Candy bar
  1. [...]  Green Phones: Who’s Got ‘EmPosted by vcfeeds via Earth2Tech   [...]

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  2. I think that it’s at least a start that cell phone companies/providers are at least beginning to have a “green” initiative. I know that many of them are promoting to recycle old cell phones, and under some circumstances, they’ll buy them from you! I would love to read reviews on Sprint’s “Green” phone once it’s out. Like I said, it’s a start, and I can’t wait for them to improve and create more green cell phones. Thanks for this post!

    Amanda
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  3. [...] Cell Phones are the newest green marketing enterprise. Well, kind of. The jury is out on whether any of these not-quite-ready-for-shelves phones are actually less toxic, carbon emitting or battery guzzling than their predecessors. We’ll keep you posted, but we’re thinking that a green case isn’t the same as a better battery.  But can a phone help you save energy elsewhere? iPhone gadget gurus hope you think so. A host of new iPhone apps aimed at energy-conscious users have popped to enable you to do everything from control everything from control your thermostat to read your meter…. so long as you buy lots of accessories for home to help you do it. [...]

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  4. Our company specializes in preowned and refurbished cell phones. Since we have been in business we have prevented more than 100,000 phones from being tossed into landfills. Our company The Blue Dot is working hard with locals to spread the word on the impacts of eWaste on the environment and help make a dent to the more than 100,000,000 phones that are dumped into landfills each year!

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  5. [...] colleague Simon Mingay who leads our green IT and environmental sustainability research sent me this link to yet another article on “green” mobiles. Let me say up front that I totally support [...]

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  6. [...] Production of environmentally friendly phones has gradually gained steam in recent months, with a handful of manufacturers sticking their toes in the water with green-themed phones, but there’s little evidence the handsets are finding an [...]

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  7. Nice story as for me. It would be great to read a bit more concerning that theme.

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  8. [...] How green is plastic getting? While there’s no doubt that more eco-friendly plastic is in demand, it’s still a tiny share of the market, according to Frederick Scheer, CEO of bioplastics maker Cereplast. The market for plant-based resins used to create plastics, for example, is expected to grow from about $1 billion in 2007 to about $10 billion in 2020, he said — but that’s out of an overall resins market of about $2.5 trillion in 2009. Cereplast is now working on expanding bioplastics from their traditional place in the plastic bags and spoons category to more durable plastics, such as cellphone cases. [...]

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  9. [...] can save electricity by making smart choices. Start saving electricity and resources by going for a green cell phone, like Samsung’s Reclaim. If you are going to be occupied for long chunks of time turn your cell [...]

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