If you want to reduce the footprint of your smartphone then there are a number of things you can do. That includes:
Text rather than call
Texting is a much lower-carbon option than calling. If you do need to make a call, using a landline is more carbon-efficient because it takes about one-third less power to transmit the call. Unfortunately, landlines are simply not convenient in many cases.
Buy refurbished phones
Rather than buying a brand new phone, buying a phone that has been refurbished after being returned by the previous customer is a simple but effective way to reduce your carbon footprint and cut down on e-waste. Refurbished phones are often sold as new and at Lovefone they come with a two-year warranty for the device and one-year for the battery.
Increase your contract length
A UK smartphone’s typical lifetime is just 18 months. By extending your contract you would get more use from your current phone and reduce the carbon emissions associated with producing a new one. The industry also has to do more to promote this option by offering incentives for customers who take on longer contracts.
Choose modular phones
There are smartphones out there that are built from sustainable materials and are modular in their construction. That means, rather than having to buy a new phone every time something goes wrong, the phone can be easily disassembled so the faulty part can be replaced.