Let’s face it; mobile phones are replaced at sometimes alarming speeds. And while the threat of a major economic slowdown is a disturbing possibility, people are still going to continue to replace their mobile phones.
And as we’ve previously reported, studies have found that most consumers aren’t doing a very good job of recycling phones. Fortunately, Sony Ericsson decided to make things a little easier. The company has introduced an “environmental warranty,” which means that all Sony Ericsson phones (regardless of where the handset may have originally been purchased) can be turned in for recycling at designated drop-off locations.
Currently the company has set up about 500 of these spots in the United States, Mexico, India, Singapore, China, Thailand and Taiwan. And by 2009 Sony Ericsson hopes to have drop off locations in every country where its mobile phones are available and operate. That’s good news considering the recent Government Accountability Office finding that the U.S. is leading the world in eWaste (electronic waste).
Additionally, Sony Ericsson is also trying to go green with its GreenHeart phone concept, which will utilize various green elements. These include the use of bio-plastic housing, use of recycled plastic for the keypads, Web site-based manuals rather than paper ones and even an included game application called Ecomate, a game aimed at teaching ways to recycle. The phone will also ship with a zero charger with 3.5mw standby power consumption, which is a major step in the right direction considering that many phone charge – even the most efficient ones – currently consume around 30mw on standby.
The latter means you’ll be able to save some green while going green!