Granted, this cellphone is more of a green tech showcase than a mass production ready handset (at least for now), but with a biodegradable plastic shell, HTML based e-manuals (in lieu of traditional printed ones), a keypad fashioned from recycled plastic, and environmentally conscious packaging, the GreenHeart is a good indicator of what's possible.
In addition to its use of biodegradable materials and recycled plastics, the phone even comes with a super-efficient charger that draws only 3.5mW when in standby mode. That's pretty impressive considering most chargers can continue to gobble up as much as to 30mW even after a phone is fully charged.
While Sony Ericsson has typically ranked high on Greenpeace's top Green Electronics makers list, it recently fell behind both Samsung and Nokia due to a poor recycling rate and issues with e-waste. But if the aspects of the GreenHeart do eventually see production, it could certainly help the company reclaim that top spot it held earlier this year.
Bryan has covered the ins and outs Silicon Valley and the tech industry for close to five years, writing about everything from supercomputers to greentech. He is a frequent contributor to Wired.com and has also written for the LA Weekly, PC Magazine and McSweeney’s. He also pens a regular gadget column for NorthWest Airlines.