Nokia takes top spots for sustainable living, environmental impact and ethical record
Nokia has taken the two top spots in O2’s Eco ranking of sustainable handsets. The firm’s C6-01 andE7-00 both scored 4.1 out of 5 for a combination of their environmental impact, their contribution to sustainable living, and the ethical record of the manufacturer.
Samsung’s Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Ace, Sony Ericcsson’s X8 and Nokia’s C7-02, shared second place in the rankings with a score of 4 out of 5. The rankings cover 90% of the handsets O2 sells, and this year included Blackberrys made by Research In Motion for the first time.
The rankings are based on data provided by handset manufacturers, such as the the materials used in producing a handset, the features that reduce the need for other devices such as music players, and labour conditions in the supply chain.
The iPhone is one of the few handsets not included in the rankings. Apple has been heavily criticised over the environmental impact of the iPhone, and for working conditions at factories in China run by Foxconn where the iPhone and other Apple devices such as the iPad are assembled.
“We know more and more customers want this level of product transparency and we’re very grateful to the handset manufacturers for their engagement with Eco rating,” said O2 head of devices Simon Lee-Smith.