Cell Phones Going Green – Kinda

Posted by Trish Riley, June 5, 2009

While it’s great to see cell phone manufacturers recognizing consumer’s desire for more sustainable products, I see a few problems with this trend. 1) Plastic, even recycled, is problematic because it’s toxic and it doesn’t degenerate for 1000 years, therefore it’s piling up faster than we can reuse it. I don’t favor recycling plastic: I’d rather see us find alternative materials, such as the emerging bio-plastics made from non-toxic starches, still in development. 2) Cell phones produce electromagnetic waves which are suspected to be dangerous (see: Are EMFs Dangerous?, yet we’re clearly not giving up the convenience of the phones. I’d like to see cell phone companies figuring out how to eliminate this danger instead of promoting the proliferation of their products.

Following a trend by other cell phone manufacturers to market next-generation cell phones that are more energy efficient and made of recycled content… read more: Sony-Ericsson GreenHeart Phone Adds to Trend · Environmental Leader · Green Business, Sustainable Business, and Green Strategy News for Corporate Sustainability Executives.