Phone Companies Agree On Environmental Friendliness, Or At Least A Press Release About It
from the now-with-53%-less-waste dept
There's been a growing trend for companies to "go green" for some time, with more and more companies announcing plans to make their products or processes more environmentally friendly. Today, a group of mobile-phone companies said they'd work together to make their products better for the environment by increasing recycling, decreasing the use of toxic and harmful materials, and attacking one of the environmental bugbears of just about any tech company: energy consumption. In this area, the companies say they'll take action by "equipping phones with reminders to unplug chargers once the battery is recharged", and say if just 10% of mobile phone users heeded the reminders, enough energy would be saved to power 60,000 European homes each year. That's all well and good, and these companies deserve some kudos for taking steps, no matter how small, but seeing as how they're technology companies, couldn't they maybe come up with some technology to help solve the problem, rather than just taking the path of least effort and changing the "battery charged" message phones already display? Why not change the way chargers work so they shut themselves off in some way, or find some other actual solution, instead of just displaying a relatively useless message that few users will probably see, or heed, anyway? As said above, it's great that companies take steps to alleviate the environmental impact of their products -- but it's even better when those steps are actually meaningful.