In honor of Earth Day, Sprint announced that it will be launching LG’s greenest smartphones for 2012 on April 22nd: the LG Viper™ 4G LTE, the first Sprint 4G LTE with eco-friendly features and LG Optimus Elite™. While both smartphones represent advances in the sustainability of smartphones, LG has room to grow greener with other eco-friendly features that would be easy to implement.
Nearly one year ago, I wrote about the “Top 10 Features that Green Smartphones Must Have” that provides a useful benchmark for how the latest LG smartphones succeed and a roadmap for additional features that would benefit consumers and yield a greener planet. LG leads the industry by providing seven of the Top 10 Features in its newest smartphones with:
- Carbon-free certification that offsets the carbon footprint of the phone’s full life-cycle;
- Zero use of hazardous chemicals: the RoHS compliance ensures that there are no hazardous materials such as PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury;
- ULE Platinum Certification which is the highest level of environmental performance recognized in the sustainability requirements published by the Underwriters’ Laboratories;
- A Near zero energy charger that exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency with no-load consumption: it only consumes 0.03 watts of power when plugged into a wall socket without being connected to a phone;
- 100% recycled and recyclable packaging printed with soy inks and engineered with glueless construction;
- Green Applications: Sprint’s GreenID pack is the only eco-friendly bundle of applications available from any US carrier and provides a wide range of apps, widgets and mobile content to help you live more sustainably; and
- A Trade-in Recycling Program: Sprint’s Buyback Program allows you to reduce waste and recycle devices by earning credit for your old phone (independent of which carrier it is from).
- 100% recyclable housing made from 100% recycled material: Motorola created the world’s first mobile phone (Renew) made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottles in 2009. The LG Optimus Elite is comprised of 50% recycled plastics;
- Eco-Friendly accessories: Any accessories provided (charger, ear buds, etc.) need to be made with 100% recycled and recyclable materials; and
- A Smart-home ecosystem option: At CES 2012, Google’s Eric Schmidt shared plans about a connected home where every device and appliance would be connected via an Android-based platform like Android@home (fast forward to the 43rd minute on the YouTube video overview for a demo).
What other green features would you like to see in the future of sustainable smartphones?
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* Article first published on Technorati as “Why LG’s Greenest Smartphone Should Be Greener.”