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Green Cell Phone

Alright, you decide if you think this new Motorola cell phone is legit or greenwashing…..Motorola’s Green Cell Phone

Image from Patterson Article

Image from Patterson Article


Filed under: Sustainable Design

6 Responses

  1. Jennifer Zerrusen says:

    This seems like green washing to me! At the end of the article it talks about using renewable energy because the process of making the phone releases so much carbon. So in the end isn’t that a major draw back. The over all life cycle of the phone is not the best. What happens to the phone in production and after use are still major issues. To me it seems like they are just calling it a green phone to get people who want to be environmentally conscious to buy the phone.

  2. Deanna says:

    I believe that Renew, as an object, is not greenwashing. This article stated that both the phone and its packaging were developed from recycled bottles (phone) and post-consumer waste (packaging). However, the talk of carbon emissions at the end was a little alarming. I mean it’s great that they are trying to make amends and take steps towards reversing what they emitted into the environment, but if they are going to continue to manufacture this phone I feel they need to address this problem a little more head on. The fact that the phone is actually green in color and is made from recycled water bottles probably distracts some people from asking the questions that will reveal the facts behind negative manufacturing process.

  3. Megan says:

    That is a great point that the fact that phone is green and made of bottles detracts from asking serious questions. That is similiar to the dilemma discussed in class about “the site is green and has trees on it” therefore the product must be good.

  4. Lia Moraitakis says:

    I think that the Renew cell phone is a step in the right direction, but it is in no way a pure, green product. Although it is using recycled materials for the packaging, the greener alternative is to eliminate packaging all together. Recycling, especially plastic water bottles, is a costly and labor intensive process and requires a factory which is most likely emitting its fair share of pollution. Also, the transportation of recycled materials and the need for separate factories is detrimental to the environment. Finally, combining different types of plastics for recycling purposes releases harmful chemicals.

    But still, a step in the right direction.

  5. Jill Vaughan says:

    Just thought I’d share another phone while doing some research on these new innovated phone features. This is a new solar-powered Samsung model that references the Motorola Renew as well in its article. Maybe some of you will find it interesting 🙂

  6. jason reid says:

    i don’t think anything they claimed about the phone was super duper impressive enough to be considered greenwashing. i was completely underwhelmed. the greenwashing team at motorola should be fired 🙂

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