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Finally, a green(er) cell phone that looks good. Typically, cell phones that boast green credentials look like something that was on the market in 2005. But the Samsung Evergreen looks up-to-date -- and it can brag about earning Platinum certification from UL Environment, a leading third-party certification organization. Samsung reports that the Evergreen is the first Samsung product from AT&T; to earn this highest level of certification from UL Environment.
UL Environment first started certifying electronics in 2009 with LG as its first manufacturer to get the thumbs up. The organization expanded its certification to mobile devices in August of last year.
UL Environment requirements measure environmentally sensitive materials, energy management, manufacturing and operations, impact to health and environment, product performance, packaging and product stewardship.
The Evergreen, which launched last fall, uses 70% recycled post-consumer plastics (likely all in the outer casing) and packaging that utilizes 80% recycled post-consumer paper. It meets RoHS standards including eliminating the toxic materials PVC2, BFR3 and Beryllium. It also meets Energy Star 2.0 standards for its charger. And, according to AT&T;, eco-themed wall papers for the screen. It'd be great to have a study done to find out if this makes even the slightest difference among consumers when it comes to environmental awareness.
All in all, it doesn't sound like it has made any significant improvements that would allow greenies to say, "Wow! Now this is a green phone!" But it is a phone that people both want to own and that they can say has met some qualifications for being less damaging to the environment. And for that, we must give some props.
Another thing we can give a thumbs up to is the fact that for every Evergreen phone sold since its launch, Samsung has donated $1 to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit that gives used cell phones to soldiers overseas so they can stay in contact with their families back home. And, AT&T; collected over 3.7 million cell phones for reuse and recyling, and over 1.8 million pounds of cell phone batteries and accessories during 2010. The accomplishment is excellent, but also a stark reminder about how much waste we go through on an annual basis as cell phone users.
If you're in the market for a cell phone and for whatever reason would rather not go the used phone route (which we definitely recommend), then the Evergreen sounds like a good option to check out.
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