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Eco-friendly Cell Phone Packaging

Updated on June 4, 2012

Environmentally friendly Packaging

When was the last time you bought a cell phone? Most of us have mobile phones that we bring where ever we go. When we buy a new cell phone, it will always be stored, together with its manual book, earphones in a packaging made of thick paper box. Today most of the cell phone and other electronic gadget manufacturers still use paper box as packaging for their products.
Packaging is needed to protect an electronic device when it is sent to distribution centers and electronic stores around the world. Every year, we see more people buy cell phones and millions of packaging boxes are needed. The cell phone that is in our pocket right now might not be the first phone that we own. We regularly buy new cell phone when we see that the latest one which has just been launched on the market has some new features that we'd like to try. Because the price of cell phone at this time is not expensive, we can even have at least two or three cell phones. So, we have three boxes of packaging. We might still keep them at home.

Packaging is mostly made of paper that is extracted from wood
After bringing those boxes home and taking the cell phones out of them, we usually just throw them away or keep them in the store room of our house. We hardly ever read the manual book. If we read it, we might do it once or twice. After that we don't need it anymore.
Manual book and the packaging box, that we get when buying a new cell phone, are manufactured from high quality paper. Because such paper is made of wood, the consumption of wood as packaging material is increasing every year due to the increasing demand new cell phones in countries whose economy is growing fast such as China, India, and the ASEAN countries in South East Asia.

An environmentally cell phone packaging has to be small and made of recycled paper.
An environmentally cell phone packaging has to be small and made of recycled paper.

Eco-friendly packaging is small and made of recycled paper

Cell phone manufacturers must reduce the amount of paper that they use in every packaging box that they make for each new cell phone. By making smaller boxes, they have created eco-friendly packaging that is good for our environment. I don't know whether cell phone manufacturers have now used recycled paper for their packaging but having a smaller packaging box made of recycled material is a better step in protecting or preserving our environment.

Printing a manual book is not a must
Because most of us do not read the manual book all the time, it is better for the cell phone manufacturers to just copy the content of the manual book into the internal memory of the cell phone. They can provide the pdf format of the manual book in their website so that each time a cell phone user need to read it, they can visit the official website of the cell phone manufacturer and read it online or download it into their cell phone or laptop.
An eco-friendly packaging for cell phone will make the price of the handset cheaper and more affordable to first time buyer.

Urge cell phone and other electronic manufacturers to use eco-friendly packaging box
Finally, as my final recommendation to all cell phone users who read this hub, I want to appeal to all of you that when next time you visit the website of your cell phone manufacturer or its representative office in your town or city, please, tell them to make packaging that is more friendly to the environment. by Charles Roring


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