The phone is made with 50 per cent renewable materials. For the non-scientists among us: this means the materials are made out of substances which won’t run out, as the supply replenishes itself. Producing them often generates less pollution than fossil fuels.
There are two other notable things about the 3110. The packaging is made out of 60 per cent recycled materials and the charger is super energy efficient. If Nokia can use such green chargers, why not all mobiles?
Sadly the mobile industry isn’t exactly known for its environmental credentials. When it comes to handsets, it hardly operates on a ‘you only need a new one when your old one breaks down beyond repair’ principle – the mantra beloved of environmentalists.
Then there is the question of the millions of unwanted handsets lying in people’s drawers. There have been numerous recycling schemes launched, including a recent one by Tesco Mobile, but a lot more could be done. How about some kind of message on mobile boxes about recycling both packaging and unwanted phones?
If a mammoth industry like mobile started to pay serious attention to environmental issues, it would generate press coverage that would disseminate the green message ever further. Let’s hope mobile industry figures have this on the agenda for 2008.