Sprint, Samsung announce plans to sell a biodegradable phone
The "green" cellphone, the Samsung Reclaim, displayed in packaging made from 70 percent recycled materials and printed materials using soy-based ink, will be sold for $50 with a two-year service agreement, beginning Aug. 16.
It is being touted "as the first phone in the US constructed from eco-friendly bio-plastic materials," and Sprint and Samsung say it's "free of polyvinyl chloride (PVCS), phthalates, and nearly free of brominated flame retardants," according to a press release. At this time, three other "green" phones are on the market. There's the Motorola W233 Renew, which features a casing made from recycled water bottles, and two Sony Ericsson Greenheart cellphones, also made from recycled plastics.
Of the 140.3 million cellphones generated in 2007, only 14 million – or 10 percent – were recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA reports that the recycling of electronics has increased from 15 percent between 1999-2005 to 18 percent between 2006-2007, citing the rise of mandated electronics recycling programs as a potential reason for this shift.