27 Aug 2010 10:08:03
Eco-friendly manufacturing techniques 'make businesses sense'
Mobile phone manufacturers are increasingly realising that environmentally-friendly practices help set them apart from the competition, it has been suggested.
Flora Graham, mobile phones editor at technology review website CNET UK, said that there are "business reasons" for making the manufacturing process greener, adding that they're not "just doing it out of the goodness of their hearts".
O2 announced earlier this week that it has launched the country's first sustainable rating scheme for mobile phones.
The system is based on data provided by manufacturers and takes into account raw materials used, the impact of manufacturing, packaging, longevity, energy efficiency and how easy it is to recycle.
Ms Graham also said that there needs to be a reduction in the number of chemicals and the amount of energy that is used in the manufacture of mobile phones.
"It is only through consumers that the manufacturers will have the motivation to improve," she added.
The Sony Ericsson Elm is at the top of O2's eco-list with a score of 4.3 out of five.