Samsung goes green with solar powered cell phone: It’s the thought that counts.
I know it’s pretty swell that “going green” has almost become a corporate trend and the efforts of companies like Samsung can, indeed, help the environment. However, simply attaching solar panels to small consumer electronics isn’t necessarily the best way to achieve sustainability. With the Obama administration’s promise to invest money into funding the research of alternative energy, we’ll see more and more technologies going “green.” This additional funding will create jobs in numerous emerging technology fields and will help the environment at the same time! Now, with that said, check out the results of Samsung’s efforts!
Meet the Samsung Blue Earth phone. In addition to having a full touch screen interface, it features a solar panel array on the back that provides enough power to charge the phone. Sounds like a pretty great idea until one considers the fact that that many people primarily keep their cell phones in their pocket or in a case of some sort when not using the phone and charge it at night. It’s the thought that counts, right?
The Blue Earth isn’t without legitimate benefits, though. For example, the body of the phone is made from recycled plastic water bottles. In addition to that, the body doesn’t contain any Phthalates (a substance added to plastic to increase its flexibility), Beryllium (a toxic compound added to plastics) or brominated flame retardants, a major type of chemical flame retardants that are very effective in plastics. This means that when it comes time for this phone to eventually be replaced and end up in a landfill, it will have less environmental impact. The charger that comes with the phone is also made from environmentally friendly materials.
So, what do you guys think about this technology? Solar panels are obviously beneficial, but to what extent should the technology be implemented? Feel free to discuss in the comments section! Oh, and don’t forget to take your quiz!
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