With Samsung and UL Environment behind Sprint, America’s third largest mobile carrier has cemented its leadership in product stewardship among its competitors.

The Samsung Replenish, now available through Sprint, has recently gained UL Environment’s sustainability requirements for mobile phones.  Known as UL ISR 110, the Replenish has earned the Platinum Certification for the following features:

  • - The Replenish has a reduced amount of environmentally sensitive materials is free of intentionally added polyvinyl chloride [PVC], and only limited amounts of brominated flame retardants [BFRs], phthalates, and beryllium (one of those pesky rare earth elements).
  • - Over four-fifths (82 percent) of the Replenish is manufactured from recyclable materials.
  • - This Android phone is encased in recyclable packaging that incorporates 80 percent post-consumer waste material as well as soy ink.
  • - The energy efficient charger meets the European Commission's Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of External Power Supplies (Version 4) and displays a visual alert for full charge.
  • One complaint about the mobile phone (or cell phone, depending what continent you are on) industry is the amount of product turnover and waste.  Anyone who has shoebox full of black spaghetti from unwanted rechargers stashed in the closet would agree.  Sprint has been working on streamlining industry standards, and the UL ISR 110 sustainability standard is a push in the right direction.  Let's just see if green mobile phones continue to catch on. Changing consumers' behavior is an uphill battle, and mobile phone companies need to lead the charge.

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    Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.