By Vineetha Menon
Greenpeace calls win a ‘remarkable achievement’ for the company
The Samsung F268 has been recognized by Greenpeace as the most eco-friendly mobile phone available today.
Based on a Greenpeace report on green electronics published last week, Samsung topped the handset category with a score of 5.45 out of 10, fending off competition from Motorola MOTORAZR V9 (5.2), Nokia 3110 Evolve (5), Sony Ericsson C905 (4.8) and LG KT520 (4.6).
Devices are judged based on the use of hazardous chemicals, power consumption, product lifecycle and availability of manufacturing data.
Interestingly, both Apple and Palm chose not to take part in the 2008 December Green Electronics Survey.
"The winner is the Samsung SGH-F268, a remarkable achievement since last year’s survey when the Samsung phone was in the last place. It is also the only product to be free of BFRs, at levels well below the industry standard of 900ppm,” the Greenpeace report stated.
Aside from complying with stringent Energy Star requirements and being completely free of brominated flame retardant (BFR) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the F268 handset also has an alarm function that informs users to unplug their charger once the device is fully charged.
“At Samsung Electronics we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously and are committed to continually improving the environmental and social impact of our business,” said Sandeep Saihgal, GM of Mobile Phones Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics.
Reflecting this commitment, Samsung plans to make more products with green credentials and establish a phone recycling system.