Nokia and Samsung Receive 2010 Future Mobile Green Awards
Juniper Research has announced the winners of 2010 Future Mobile Green Awards and Nokia and Samsung are bringing home the gold. Nokia Siemens Network won the award for Green Infrastructure thanks to its Flexi Multiradio Base Station, which is the industry’s smallest, most energy-efficient multi-standard base station.
But more exciting for consumers is Samsung’s Blue Earth mobile phone, which also won a 2010 Future Mobile Green Award. This bright green phone is made from old water bottles, packaged in paper printed with soy-based ink and is powered by the sun. But just because it has a lilliputian carbon foot print doesn’t mean it’s skimpy on the features – it has a 3.2 megapixel camera, touch screen, music and video players, Bluetooth and 3G support, among other features.
This phone isn’t yet available in North America (or hardly anywhere else, for that matter), but its predecessor, the Samsung Reclaim remains a popular earth-friendly phone. The Samsung Reclaim is the first eco-friendly offering from Sprint made from recyclable bio-plastic, which was unveiled around the same time that T-Mobile unleashed its own eco-friendly phone, the Motorola Renew.
This trend towards more sustainable phones has been a long time coming. As anyone who’s ever had a cell phone contract is aware, the average consumer goes through about one cell phone every two years. The electronic components of cell phones are made from highly volatile materials that damage the environment as well as the well-being of humans when it winds up in a landfill and leeches into the soil and water. And because many cell phones contain PVC, the same material that makes buried pipes indestructible, cell phones are sure to stick around in landfills for quite some time.
So, the next time your contract expires, consider picking up a greener phone like the Reclaim or the Renew, or the Blue Earth, once it hits U.S. shores. Also, remember to recycle your old cell phone – many providers offer mail-in programs for recycling. Or, of course, you could always sell or trade your phone at the mobile forum.
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