Cell phones are now in the hands of more than half the world’s population and these days they are far more than just a way to make calls. They’re a mighty tool for environmentalism, they can bring us closer to wildlife, and they perform so many functions that we’ve come to rely on.
But yes, a cell phone is also an electronic gadget that requires fossil fuels and some amount of hazardous materials to create, so when looking for a new cell phone, it’s always good to keep the planet in mind too. By 2017, it’s estimated that 400 million green cell phones, or those made with at least 50 percent recycled content, will be shipped and Sprint announced this year that it will begin requiring all cell phones that it sells to meet standards set by UL Environment, which measure environmentally sensitive materials, energy management, manufacturing and operations, impact to health and environment, product performance, packaging and product stewardship.
Even with all of this progress, the market still isn’t full of green cell phone models, so if you’re looking to upgrade, here is a list of the most eco-friendly cell phones out there right now to make your buying decisions easier.