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CES kicks off tomorrow and we'll be there to give you the eco-scoop. But there's so much happening, we can't wait to get started. So, here's news about the world's first "carbon neutral" mobile phone, the Renew, courtesy of Motorola. Take the carbon neutral part with a grain of salt, because we know there's a whole lot of caveats that change the accuracy of that statement. Motorola has joined up with Carbonfund.org to off-set the emissions used to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone. While we dig an elbow in their side about how they calculate the emissions, it is cool that they're going as far as offsetting the emissions of use. They could have stopped at the manufacturing process emissions.
Beyond this feature that allows them to claim it is carbon neutral, there's another cool feature to the Renew, by Motorola. The plastics used in the phone's casing are made from 100% recycled water bottles, and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life.
Also, the packaging was reduced by 22% and uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper, including the printed materials that come with it. And finally, they (like many cell phone manufacturers now do) include a postage-paid envelope to be used for sending in your old phone for recycling.
We wish we could keep listing green features, but it pretty much stops there. We hope to report on even greener gadgets as CES gets rolling.
Oh, and the phone will be available from T-Mobile later in the quarter for a "reasonable" price.