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The Best Carbon Neutral Phones

Is your phone carbon neutral? In the crisp autumn of 2023, 85% of adults in Great Britain announced their commitment to combat environmental issues through lifestyle changes. 

As the number of smartphone users climbs towards 5 billion globally, it’s high time we consider the impact of our tech choices on climate change and explore sustainable alternatives. 

What makes a phone carbon-neutral?

Around 80% of a smartphone’s carbon footprint is generated during energy-intensive mining and manufacturing stages. Shockingly, each mobile phone is responsible for emitting around 55 kg of carbon emissions. Culminating 82.5 billion kg of carbon pollution worldwide. 

Phone manufacturer’s divide their carbon footprint into five main stages to tackle carbon emissions in each phase.

Based on this criteria, we made our top sustainable phones ready to drop your carbon footprint. 

Apple’s iPhone 15 series: Paving their way to be the most carbon neutral phones.

Carbon Emissions: 66 kg (from iPhone 15 Pro’s sustainability report)

When Apple releases a new phone, it’s not just about fancy features; it’s a commitment to green practices. The only downside? It might pinch your wallet. 

Apple’s iPhone 15: Sourced with conscience, born to last.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max contains 20% recycled or renewable content, including 75% recycled aluminium in the enclosure. 20% of all material shipped in products in 2022 came from recycled and renewable sources.This reduces emissions by nearly 6% compared to previous models. 

What’s the highlight this year?

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max used 48% less energy than the energy conservation standard. 

Used 100 percent recycled cobalt in the battery—a first for Apple.

This development is in line with Apple’s pledge from April 2023 to switch to entirely recycled cobalt in all their batteries by 2025.

Clean electricity

Apple is working with its suppliers to transition to 100% clean electricity for Apple production, demonstrating a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its supply chain. 

To reduce emissions from transporting products, 

Apple uses lower-carbon non-air shipping modes, like ocean or rail. Partners with logistics providers with sustainability initiatives. And minimises packaging waste using recycled materials and smaller packaging boxes which we may not like, but mother nature loves it. This might also be the reason they stopped selling chargers! 

Usage

There’s no need to talk about iPhone usage, they’re highly known for their long lasting hardware and can easily retain their value for a longer time when compared with Android phones.

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Samsung S23 and the upcoming S24 Series: Innovative and genuinely putting in efforts to build carbon neutral phones.

Carbon Emission for S23’s life cycle: 58.8 CO2 kg (taken from Samsung’s product Sustainability report)

28% of the aluminium used is recovered scrap sourced from during the manufacturing processes and used in the volume keys, side key, and SIM card tray components on the side of the device.

Galaxy S23+ contains only 1.7% of plastic in terms of the total weight of packaging. Compared to Galaxy S7, the use of plastic in packaging for Galaxy S23+ is reduced by 96.8%.

Still not impressed? here’s some hot highlights that make Samsung shine in a carbon neutral world.

The Galaxy S23 series is made with RECYCLED OCEAN-BOUND PLASTIC.  

Ocean-bound plastic is plastic waste of all sizes, including microplastics, mesoplastics, and macroplastics, found within 50 kilometres of coastlines in areas with inadequate or nonexistent waste management systems. This plastic waste is at high risk of entering the ocean and contributing to marine pollution. 

For the internal components of the Galaxy S23+, 20% of the plastic parts come from this repurposed plastic sourced from discarded fishing nets and water barrels.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra series is primarily manufactured in Vietnam and South Korea. 

These countries contribute to sustainability because of proximity to the supply chain making transportation more environment friendly.

Samsung’s energy-saving features are top-notch.

Power Saving Mode, Adaptive Power Saving, Adaptive Brightness, Quick Charge, Battery Optimisation, Deep Sleep Mode, and Always-On Display. These features help reduce power consumption, extend battery life, and minimise the carbon footprint of Samsung smartphones. 

Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series not only comes with a five-year update guarantee that extends its lifespan, but also offers a recycling program and a trade-in option for customers who want to exchange their old Galaxy smartphones for a new one.

Source: https://www.samsung.com/global/sustainability/main/ 

Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro: Google’s most Carbon Neutral Phone yet.

Carbon emissions: 79 kg  

Third in the race is the latest Pixel 8 and 8 Pro made with 50% recycled aluminium. 

Pixel 8 Pro is made with at least 18% recycled materials based on product weight The aluminum in the housing is 100% recycled content12 Pixel 8 Pro uses 100% recycled tin in the solder of all rigid and flexible printed circuit boards, including the main logic board, made at the final assembly site.

All Pixel products launched since 2020 use recycled materials. Google aims to use renewable materials in at least 50% of all plastic in its hardware products by 2025.

In 2022, Google reduced the amount of plastic in Pixel packaging by 97%. They also reduced the volume of packages by 54% and the weight by over 50%. 

In terms of usage, Google takes the lead by announcing seven years of update, the only question now is whether people will stick to a google phone for that long. Trade in and recycling options are available.

And here’s why you should try this phone. 

Fairphone 5: We saved the best for the last.

Fairphone is the most carbon neutral phone ever created up till now. The amazing part? Every component of this phone is repairable and can be bought from the website.  

Fairphone’s goal is to make its phones completely circular, meaning that all materials used in the production of the phones can be recycled and reused. 

Fairphone’s production partners are certified for their social and environmental standards. It works closely with its partners to improve its sustainability practices. 

For instance, Fairphone partnered with afactory in China that implemented energy-saving measures and waste-reduction initiatives. Similarly, it partnered with a logistics provider that uses electric vehicles for deliveries in some cities. 

If you’re in business, it’s time to think green. What are your plans? Let us know. 

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