Samsung, Sprint Announce Green Phone

Last week, Samsung and Sprint launched the Reclaim, a phone designed with sustainability and recyclability in mind. The Reclaim’s case is made of eco-friendly material: bioplastic derived from corn.

The minimalist packaging also helps this phone achieve the approval of “greenies” in that the slim box and phone tray the phone is sold in is made from recycled material, and a soy-based ink is used on all printed materials. The charger is ENERGY STAR approved and alerts you when the Reclaim is fully charged so you don’t overcharge it. There is also no printed manual – users must go online.

For all you techies out there, the Reclaim boasts some cool features like a built-in stereo Bluetooth, Sprint’s One Click feature for Web navigation (an instant connection to a number of green sites), a full QWERTY side-out keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera with a 3x zoom, and up to 6 hours of battery life.

Sprint has also announced a partnership with Nature Conservancy. For each Reclaim sold, the company will donate $2 to the organization’s Adopt an Acre program.

At the Reclaim Launch Event, the Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse also announced the company’s ambitious environmental goals and policies: Sprint is committed to securing 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent, to reuse or recycle 95 percent of its network and IT e-waste and to achieve a 90 percent recycling collection rate, all by the year 2017.

Posted by: Lauren


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