It's almost guaranteed that your brand new smartphone and its add-ons may be trendy and stylish, but are they good for the environment? Studies have shown that due to an increase in the use of mobile devices, there is an increase in energy consumption and production, which in turns uses more fossil and nuclear fuels for power on a much larger scale than ever before. Although eco-friendly products are not a new concept, they are becoming more popular in the technology world. According to the Mother Nature Network, eco-friendly technology allows for innovators to pair the latest environmental science with the hottest new devices to help preserve the environment and reduce harmful waste on Earth. Eco-friendly devices typically include technology that is built with materials that are energy efficient, plant-based, low emission, recyclable, biodegradable and/or low-impact manufactured. Not only are these eco-friendly items good for the planet, they can also be super stylish too. Let’s take a look at how you can be both chic and eco-friendly with the help of your mobile phone and its accessories.Your Smartphone
Smartphone designers create mobile phones that are sleek, stylish and equipped with awesome features like wireless charging, dust and water resistance capabilities, super slow-mo cameras, and longer battery life. But are these high-tech smartphones eco-friendly? The good news is that phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus are equipped with all the latest features plus they’re environmentally friendly too. The Galaxy S9 even earned an EPEAT Gold status due to it being made with recycled materials and minimal amounts of toxic metals like cadmium and mercury. In addition, the phone’s packaging is made out of 90 percent recycled paper, with the full user’s manual only available to consumers online in order to reduce paper use even more.Choosing the Right Phone Cases
Once you find the right eco-friendly smartphone, you’ll need a stylish case to go with it. However, most phone cases are made out of plastic or silicon, both of which are not necessarily good for the environment. But don’t worry, you don’t need either of those materials to protect your smartphone. In fact, there are a variety of different eco-friendly phone cases on the market right now that allow you to be trendy and environmentally-conscious at the same time. These cases are made from Earth-friendly materials like bamboo, recycled and biodegradable plastics, recycled skateboards, sustainable cork, and more.Wireless Charging
Another way you and your smartphone can help save the environment is to opt for a wireless, or solar-powered phone charger instead of a typical phone charger. Regular phone chargers account for almost 100,000 tons of trash per year, which excrete toxins into landfills like mercury and lead. Instead, solar-powered chargers are a great alternative since solar energy cells generate zero emissions and zero waste. This means that you will be helping create clean, pure energy from the sun and reduce air pollution. There are tons of options for solar-powered charging devices for your mobile phone that are stylish, portable and durable.
Being trendy with the latest technology is important, but saving the planet is more rewarding. Luckily, with these three suggestions, you can do both! No matter what your style is, choosing to be eco-friendly is one thing that will always be in style.