Consumer electronics constantly have to evolve and move with the current climate in order to fulfil the needs and requirements of a finicky customer base. In our age of heightened environmental awareness, the race to develop smarter, greener tech has begun.
Wireless carrier Sprint has developed a smartphone in partnership with Samsung that has been built with the Mother Nature in mind. It has been manufactured from recyclable materials and is super energy efficient, its name; the Samsung Replenish.
Sprint have produced numerous other ‘green’ handsets in anticipation of a boom in environmentally responsible consumers looking beyond the big name brands when they want to upgrade their current model. Similarly, in accordance with current trends, Sprint has piled an awful lot of time and effort into producing a raft of green apps for the environmentally conscientious crowd.
I think the main challenge facing well-meaning companies like Sprint is that they have to deal with humans’ inherent laziness and stubbornness to change. Let’s face it, making a few small changes in the way we shop for example, or altering our perceptions of recycled goods would not take a huge effort on our part. Sprint have realised that they’ll need to produce environmentally sensitive handsets that do not skimp on tech or fall below the expected standards in both aesthetics and build-quality.
As planet earth sputters and wheezes under the strain of our throw-away lifestyles, recycling is quickly becoming our ‘get out of jail’ card. A quick glance on the internet and you will find a whole host of companies that are offering to recycle mobiles for cash. All of us have an old handset lying around the house or at the back of a drawer; these can be turned into cash in an instant by selling them online to a recycler.