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Green cell phones?

Green cell phones?

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on July 12, 2010 at 9:24 AM

More cell phone companies are coming out with what they call eco-friendly phones. But how green can a cell phone really be?

Samsung has the Reclaim. It’s made of 80 percent recyclable materials, 40 percent of the phone’s outer cover is made of corn plastic. It does not contain phthalates or PVC. Instead of a paper manual it comes with a digital manual.

Motorola has the Renew. The company says this is the first phone to be made of recycled water bottles.

It’s important to keep in mind the U.S. has yet to pass regulations limiting the number of toxins in electronics. California does require electronics to meet the EU standards and that’s why we’re seeing more of these phones on the market.

According to Green your.com, “The typical American retires a cell phone every 18 months, leaving more than 500 million cell phones in landfills. Each year, 130 million cell phones are dumped, creating approximately 67,000 tons of waste annually. It is estimated that less than two percent of discarded cell phones are recycled, and up to 80 percent of the cost for recycling mobile phones comes from the labor used to disassemble them.”

Recombu.com says if you make an hour of phone calls on your cell phone everyday for a year it's the same amount of CO2 as flying from London to New York.

Want to find a greener cell phone? Check out this web site

It lists and reviews some of the eco-friendly cell phones on the market and gives tips on how to lessen your cell phones impact on earth. Or check out these tips for extending the life of your cell phone battery.

The EPA also provides terrific tips on how to recycle your old electronics including how to erase the data from the memory so you can recycle or donate your old computer or cell phone.

Recellular has a free data tool eraser. You plug in the make and model of your phone and they’ll e-mail you directions on how to clear out the data on your old cell phone.

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