Mike Chino

Motorola Unveils The World's First Carbon Neutral Cellphone

by , 01/07/09

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Green innovations are taking center stage at this year’s CES, with many big name companies embracing sustainable design. Motorola is doing their part to tackle the massive problem of consumer e-waste with the release of the world’s first carbon neutral cellphone. The Renew W233 is the first certified Carbonfree cell phone on the market and features a 100% recyclable housing made from recycled water bottles.

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The consumer electronics industry survives through constant innovation, with companies constantly seeking out the next best thing. But what happens to all of those outdated gadgets as they are replaced? In the United States alone, 426,000 cellphones are retired each day, and a staggering number of these wind up in landfills.

Motorola’s Renew W233 cellphone features an admirable set of sustainable features that directly address the phone’s carbon footprint and life cycle. By partnering up with Carbonfund.org Motorola offsets the energy to manufacture, distribute, and operate the phone by investing in renewable energy sources and reforestation. Once the phone reaches the end of its life cycle it can be easily recycled by placing it in a prepaid envelope that is provided in the box. Additionally, the phone’s packaging consumes 22% less material and the manual is printed on post consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks.

The phone offers a simple feature set and will be situated in an affordable price bracket, making it available to a wide range of users. It’s great to see large electronics manufacturers making sincere efforts to consider the sustainability of their products!

+ Motorola Renew

Via Cnet

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5 Comments

  1. emmavdklooster February 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

    it is important that the green revolution will create a awarenes among people. Off course we have to be critical and ask questions where they must be asked. But thirst of all i am glad there is a GREEN REVOLUTION going on!

  2. vonkie January 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Here are a couple of videos to watch on recycling practices. 60 minutes actually did a huge segment on how american recycling companies illegally ship electronics overseas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JZey9GJQP0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtT2EZ_d3Xk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr1zQrXM_7s&feature=related

  3. vonkie January 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Of course we have to look through a “green” veil to really unmask the so called carbon neutral phones. It mentions it is a “carbon free” cell phone, when in actuality only the housing is “carbon free”, we are also merely talking about the material not the material processing which consumes energy as well. Most phone housings today are made of aluminum or ABS plastic (AcrylinitrileButadieneStryrene), aluminum is 100% recyclable, ABS usually has a 15% post-consumer recycled material content. The real problem with electronics is not the plastic, it’s the internal electronic parts, these are hard to recycle due to heavy metals and high recycling cost, many of these products are illegally shipped overseas to countries such as India where children burn of plastics in open flame to salvage precious metals. We need to be aware of these things, large companies are not thinking necessarily about responsible design as much as they are committing to the green “hype” in the most minimal way possible. The manual being printed on recycled paper with soy based ink? Every major newspaper does this, it is not new. This product has more to do with clever marketing than with responsible design.

  4. Cleaner Greener China January 7, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Very happy to see this product coming to market. I recently interviewed one of my good friends Jon Li from Asentio design about designing innovation in the consumer electronics market. Hopefully there is more to come

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWxKL0mbWuA

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    http://www.cleanergreenerchina.com

  5. chrisp68 January 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

    So in the end we will have a mountian of used recycled bottle cell phones, no trees and lots of carbon credits. Such innovation. 1/2 a million per day… that is unreal. And with a $100 per month contract thats about $30K in phone use per person in less than

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