Without existing standards for any kind of green mobile technology, Sprint set out to establish their own. In 2009, Sprint created a plan set for their Vision for Environmentally Responsible Products. Sprint had the backing of the full administration in outlining their own guidelines to ensure that all of the ‘green phones’ (as we tagged them)
1} Did not contain materials that were potentially hazardous
2} Offered the ability of self-charging or negligible energy
3} Are easily and completely recyclable
4} Are made of sustainable packaging
5} Use accessories that are interoperable (common interfaces that can be interchanged)
6} Have been created in manufacturing processes that are environmentally sustainable
7} Can be upgraded easily which will add to the lifecycle of the device
8} Raw-material extract processes for the manufacturing is environmentally minimized
You have to admit, this is an impressive list. It proves total commitment by Sprint to undertake a lofty goal of ensuring that every aspect of the mobile phone device involves environmental thought. This includes the achievement of gaining the commitment from all of their partner companies that are involved in the cell phone process.
Sprint set a precedence that eventually set the standards for all mobile devices throughout the world. The set specifications as outlined in a variety of industries including: the Energy Star guidelines, Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS), Forest Stewardship Council certification, EPEAT (Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool ), Greenpeace Green Electronics Guide, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, and others.
Each partner company and/or vendor that Sprint worked with has been required to comply with all environmental guidelines that they have established. But, it doesn’t stop there; Sprint has a quarterly evaluation ‘scorecard’ for each of their vendors and partners. The surprising fact is that all of the vendors/partners that are associated with Sprint have eagerly complied, as they also want to add their names with corporations that are contributing to a healthier planet. The Sprint-Eco logo is added to devices that excel past the ecological specifications of their eco-criteria.
Sprint has proven themselves as a leader in the telecommunications field but they have elevated their company standing to lead the way for all organizations to take their own initiatives towards environmental health. There are few companies in this day and age that have set out on such a venture for the sole purpose of being earth-friendly.