Cell Phone Makers to Drop Plastic Inserts
AT&T, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are among members of wireless communications industry body CTIA committing to package sustainability goals that include eliminating plastic inserts and trays from postpaid wireless device packaging by the end of 2013.
Other goals set out by CTIA’s Green Working Group include labelling all US postpaid wireless packaging with internationally recognized symbols to facilitate the recycling of products, and using less than 10 percent volatile organic compounds. Members are targeting these goals for the end of 2013.
The final two goals are to use only water-based adhesives or self-sealing tab locking boxes by June 2014, and printing all postpaid packaging material, including user guides, with non-petroleum based inks by the end of 2014.
Other companies committing to the goals include Asurion, Brightpoint, Brightstar Corp, HTC America and U.S. Cellular. Additional companies have indicated they will participate, CTIA says.
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