Samsung goes green with solar powered cell phone: It’s the thought that counts.

February 19, 2009 at 12:49 am 2 comments

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!

source: inhabitat.com

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!

Thanks for reading,

-Nick

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  • 1. Steve  |  February 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    It seems like a good idea, but the only time that I have my phone out is when I’m making a call. Plus, how much chemical waste does a tiny cell phone produce in a landfill? I think Samsung can put their time into something more worth ‘greenifying’

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  • 2. Michelle  |  February 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I have to disagree. While yes, most of us keep our cell phones hidden away there is a backup charger that comes with it, and in the summer most of us are outside and the phone will be used to its full design.

    And while there is a point in the comment about landfills, it has to be thought in the bigger picture. One person to one phone…but thousands and even millions of people’s cell phones in landfills can impact the environment greatly in a negative way.

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