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Eco-friendly ways to improve your mobile footprint

Eco-friendly ways to improve your mobile footprint

5/5/2014

The health of the planet is everyone's responsibility. Only by taking control of our own impact on the environment can we hope to stave off and eventually reverse the worst effects of pollution and climate change.

There are many ways, both big and small, that individuals can do their part for this effort. One example: improving their mobile footprint. The mobile industry has already had a huge effect on the planet, and not for the better. And this influence is growing. A 2011 IEEE Communications Society study predicted that mobile communication systems' carbon dioxide emissions would reach 235 Mto CO2e in 2020, up from 86 in 2007. But through environmentally conscious efforts, individuals can help to curb this trend.

Here are three steps to make your mobile footprint more eco-friendly.

1. Recycle or resell your phone
One of the biggest factors driving pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the mobile telecommunications industry is the manufacture of new devices. The production of these gadgets almost always involves the release of a great deal of carbon dioxide and other damaging gases. And as demand for new devices increases around the world, many companies are ramping up production.

Notably, many developing nations are now seeing demand for mobile devices. In the past, the majority of consumers in these areas were not able to afford such gadgets, but improving economies and decreasing costs  have many clamoring for their first cell phones and smartphones.

So how does your mobile footprint fit into this picture? When it's time to upgrade to a new, improved device, many people simply throw their old phones away, or leave them lying around the house, gathering dust. But you can actually have a positive impact on the environment by either recycling or reselling your phone. Every time you go down this route, a consumer has the chance to get ahold of a mobile device without the need for more environmentally damaging production.

And by taking advantage of a cell phone buyback program, such as ProtectCELL's, you can actually make some money in the process of having a positive impact on the environment. ProtectCELL will pay up to 50 percent of device value within the first year, and 25 percent in the second year.

2. Use less data
Another way you can improve your mobile footprint is by using less data. The IEEE Communications Society study cited earlier found that rising mobile traffic volumes are among the biggest contributors to the mobile telecommunications sector's growing carbon dioxide emissions. And thanks to advances in broadband and mobile device technology, it is now faster and easier than ever to send and receive data on our gadgets.

By cutting back on your own data usage, though, you can help to slow this trend, and thereby decrease the negative environmental impact of the industry as a whole. After all, mobile telecommunications companies increase their data traffic capabilities in response to user demand. With reduced demand, their mobile traffic and corresponding greenhouse emissions will go down.

3. Patronize green companies
One last way that you can improve your mobile footprint is by always aiming to patronize green mobile companies. While, as mentioned earlier, most mobile companies release a variety of greenhouse gases when producing mobile devices, this is not always the case. Some businesses, including Samsung, Nokia and LG, offer green mobile devices. When it comes to accessories, there are even more green options. By choosing these options, you can minimize the negative environmental impact of your mobile footprint.

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