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Sprint Goes Green

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Sprint wants 9 out of 10 of its mobile phones to be recyclable by 2017. (Photo: J. Lopez)
Sprint wants 9 out of 10 of its mobile phones to be recyclable by 2017. (Photo: J. Lopez)

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  • Sprint plans Electronics Stewardship Policy, aims to have over 70% of its products meet environmentally-friendly design criteria
  • Green ID full of environmental apps added for Sprint phones
  • Samsung Replenish released with solar-powered battery charger

Sprint is one of the most environmentally responsible companies out there, and has recently announced it will begin a Electronics Stewardship Policy, dictating green design, components and disposal programs.

The goal is to have over 70% of its products within the criteria for environmentally-friendly design, namely to make products that are easy to upgrade, take apart, to reuse and to recycle. Sprint is even looking to extend the life of their devices, a move that will save money for both the company and consumers.

In the same vein, on some of its new mobile devices Sprint now offers a package known as Green ID, which is composed of various environmental apps, including those for Treehugger, Earth911 and Green America.

Samsung Replenish Knighted First Green Phone

Sprint has also announced plans for its first “green” mobile phone: Samsung's Replenish will be made from over 80% recyclable materials. The Replenish is made with more plastic and less materials that could be hazardous to the environment.

Although the phone is more fuel-efficient than other phones, Sprint now offers a solar-powered battery charger for the device. The phone, which is reasonably priced at nearly $50, has a QWERTY keyboard for text simplicity, a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, WIFI, GPA support, and is powered by the Android Froyo 2.2 OS.

Sprint is waiving its monthly $10 premium data add-on to actively promote the Replenish. Sprint's Green ID apps will be made available on the mobile as well.

Samsung's Replenish is Sprint's fourth energy efficient, recyclable mobile device. Others include the LG Remarq, Samsung Reclaim, and the Samsung Restore.

Key Facts About Sprint

  • In six years, Sprint aims to collect 100% of their annual e-waste for recycling.
  • Sprint wants 9 out of 10 of its mobile phones to be recyclable by 2017.
  • Sprint wants all recycling and remanufacturing partners to be certified for its recycling policies in one to two years.

By Nicole Manuel for
Nicole Manuel is a freelance economics, finance and blog writer with a degree in economics and over two years of experience.

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