Megapixels, SD card storage, video playback, and web browsing are important attributes in a cell phone, but just as vital is the environmental friendliness of a device. In recent years, CarbonFund.org has devised its CarbonFree Certification program as a way to advocate products that employ eco-friendly designs. The latest to be certified is the Motorola MOTO W388 Renew+ cell phone, which packs the technology users crave in a green composition.
Available for sale in Canada, the W388 contains no polyvinyl chloride or brominated flame retardants. Instead, the phone’s body is made from recycled plastic originally used in water bottles. The W388 also comes with an energy-efficient charger that allows for up to nine hours of gabbing before a recharge is required. Users looking to play games and listen to tunes have 2GB of external storage capacity, along with 7.5MB of onboard storage to fill with text messages and other media, such as pics snapped with the device’s 4x-zoom camera.
The certification of the W388 isn’t Motorola’s first recognition by Carbon Fund. Five other products, including the W388’s successor, the W233 Renew, took first place in the CTIA Wireless 2009 E-Tech Awards in the Green – Consumer Hardware category. “Teaming with Carbonfund.org has helped us offer consumers a product such as Renew that has eco-friendly attributes including post-consumer recycled content plastic, eco-conscious packaging, energy-efficient performance and CarbonFree® certification,” said Bill Olson, Director, Office of Sustainability and Stewardship, Motorola Mobile Devices, in a statement.