Talk, Text, and Browse Green: 6 Eco-Friendly Mobile Phones

The limited amount of natural resources available has become a hot-button issue in recent years. No matter where you stand on the subject of climate change, you should still want to go green. Practicing environmentally friendly behavior is easy and beneficial to all. By reducing your carbon footprint, you’ll help secure the future of later generations of humanity. Best of all, you can even act environmentally responsible with your cell phone choice. Here are six of the most eco-friendly mobile phones.

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Microsoft Lumia 550

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Companies enjoy plenty of options when deciding how to construct an environmentally responsible phone. That’s why it’s so frustrating that so few of them take advantage of the possibilities. Microsoft’s offering is forward-thinking in how many ways it reduces its carbon footprint. They use online documentation rather than paper, a step all phone manufacturers should take. It also doesn’t use toxins such as PVC and nickel in its design. Combined with its battery-saver functionality, it has a lot to offer as an eco-friendly phone.

BlackBerry Classic Non Camera

Once the darling of smart device production, BlackBerry is now best known for its perennial death watch. Analysts have expected the company’s collapse for years now, yet BlackBerry continues to offer innovative new products. The BlackBerry Classic Non Camera is exactly what the name implies, a smartphone without camera functionality. While some people wouldn’t bother with a camera-less phone, BlackBerry continues to build their revenue model on business sales. Companies have no need for employees to take pictures with a company-provided phone.

This device does have some features you want as an environmentally conscious consumer. The design includes no toxins, and it’s the rare computer product that is fully recyclable. Generally, deconstruction involves the stripping of salvageable parts instead. Finally, it’s energy-efficient as well as certified by UL Environment.

Nokia 215

While not the most powerful smartphone in the Nokia line, the 215 is the most eco-friendly. Engineers employed a nickel alloy to reduce its carbon footprint. It also includes renewable materials, making it one of the easiest phones to dispose of once you’re finished with it. You simply take your phone to a computer recycling bin, and a recycler will break down the parts to use again. While the user guide isn’t paperless, it does use only one color, which makes it the most eco-friendly option among paper manuals.

Orange Nura

You may not know of the phone or the brand, but the environmental stats are impressive. This phone grades a five out of five on a grading scale for preservation of natural resources. It’s also strong on carbon emissions as well. The one note about the Nura is that it’s a bit less powerful than other options here — the exchange you make for its environmentally friendly design.

iPhone 6

Apple is one of the most eco-friendly companies in the world. In fact, the corporation earned a perfect score from Greenpeace in consecutive years for its commitment to renewable energy. Given this information, it’s unsurprising that Apple tries to integrate environmentally sound principles into its line of smartphones, including the bigger and better iPhone 6 smartphone.

The most recent Apple smartphone, the iPhone 6s, uses recycled plastic for 30 percent of its speaker enclosure. Much of the enclosure is recyclable, too. It is also PVC-free and doesn’t include beryllium. Finally, Apple altered the LED display to remove mercury as a material. Apple has decreased carbon emissions by 14-16 percent with the latest version of their popular phone.

Kyocera DuraXV

One of the final stalwarts of the flip phone concept, Kyocera uses the compact design of the device to reduce its carbon footprint. The company even introduced the Kyocera Eco-Label Certification System, and the Dura XV earns a Division 2 ranking, meaning that it’s in a higher tier. It earned that certification thanks to its nonincendive design.  That means the phone isn’t capable of igniting on its own under normal conditions. That’s a big deal because there are several instances of phones catching on fire at gas stations. By the way, the basic version comes with a camera, but if your company doesn’t allow employees to have cell phone cameras, you can buy it without the camera.

Protecting the environment is something you can do in all phases of life. You can even do it when you buy your phone. Choose one of the devices above to reduce your carbon footprint.

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