Voda­fone in­tro­duces new Eco-Rat­ing for mo­bile phones

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In a New Zealand first, SBN mem­ber Voda­fone has launched a new sus­tain­abil­ity rat­ing for mo­bile phones.

The Eco Rat­ing makes it easy for cus­tomers to see the en­vi­ron­men­tal and eth­i­cal per­for­mance of mo­bile phones in their range. Scores range from one to five, with five be­ing the most sus­tain­able.

Each phone’s rat­ing in­cludes an as­sess­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts – like car­bon emis­sions and how much wa­ter is used in man­u­fac­tur­ing – and eth­i­cal fac­tors, such as labour poli­cies and health and safety prac­tices for peo­ple as­sem­bling the phones. Rat­ings are higher for mo­biles that con­tain less haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, are easy to re­cy­cle, have a longer bat­tery life and fol­low high stan­dards of man­u­fac­tur­ing health and safety.

To find out more go to voda­fone.co.nz/eco-rat­ing.

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