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How to Check if Your Phone is Eco-friendly

Our environmental awareness makes it important for us to know whether the mobile device we’re using is eco-friendly or not. But how can we check if our tablet or smartphone have green credentials? In this post, we’ll give you a list of the different criteria to determine if a mobile product is nature-inspired.

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Before we give you our checklist, it is important to read the manufacturing elements of your gadget. What materials were used in its production? Take for example, we’ve learned that iPhone 4S is free of toxic substances like arsenic and mercury. You can also check the “green guides” online. In fact, there are phones that are composed of up to 80% recyclable materials in the market, such as Verizon Wireless’ Samsung Intensity III that came out last year.

To guide you on your ecological smartphone, here are a few indicators you need to know:

 It Comes With A Biodegradable Package

According to EcoFriendly Mobiles, a device should be green on every level. It’s not just the parts of the handset that should be made up of recycled materials. When purchasing one, a phone should come with 100% environmental and biodegradable packaging. This type of box, unlike plastics, will easily decay in compost pits.

 It Should Have A Longer Life

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Environment-friendly gadgets are the ones that have stronger hardware. For a lower price, you get to have these devices with longer life span. But, how will you know if a mobile device will have a longer life cycle without testing it? Usually, gizmos that have a product warranty that is longer than the average have stronger hardware.

 It Requires Less Charging

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Another characteristic of an environment-friendly smartphone is that it has a robust battery life, thus lessening your charging period and electricity consumption. With such a battery in your device, you get to use your device more productively.

 It Doesn’t Contain Hazardous Elements

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 According to Green Peace’s guide, a product is marked as hazardous if it contains substances like Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs). PVCs are used to create plastics for a cheaper mobile casing. BFRs are used to eliminate the flammability of the gadget due to excessive heat. These man-made compounds, when emitted into the environment, become pollutants. It is also harmful to one’s health.

 It Should Meet International Energy Standards

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 Your mobile phone should pass the international energy efficiency rating. The documents that come with your device upon purchase should have an Energy Star logo. These types of gadgets were approved to consume less electricity.Plus, it has been carefully tested to minimize the chances of a product malfunction.

Hopefully, this guide will help you ensure that your devices don’t have agents that are harmful to our planet. This will be helpful especially for those who are planning to replace their handset with a greener alternative. Do you have other tips that you would like to share with our readers? Spread the word by sharing this post on your social channels.

 Zoe Allen, the author of this article, often talks about the latest tech, new media, gigs and music and communication technologies. Outside of writing, she loves playing rugby and she also maintains a passion for art.

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