You may know the Samsung Galaxy S4 as one of the most powerful Android devices in the market today. But did you know that this particular model is also environmentally friendly? The S4 received a TCO certification for meeting the standards of being environmentally friendly, economically viable and socially responsible manufacturing. It is the only smartphone in the world to have such a certification.
Details of the press release state that “In the social category, Samsung demonstrated that it is committed to socially responsible manufacturing and is compliant with International Labour Organization and United Nation conventions. In the environmental category, it was found that the GALAXY S4 was free from many hazardous materials such as nickel, beryllium, and mercury which, if present, would have severely restricted its potential to be recycled at the end its lifecycle. In terms of economic viability, the power efficiency of the charger was praised, as was the smartphone’s industrial design which boosts reliability”.
The TCO certification was given by TCO Development which is a third party certification group that makes sure that manufacturing processes and recycling is carried out with environmental, social and economic responsibility.
According to Sören Enholm, CEO TCO Development, “TCO Certified Smartphones are designed to make it easier for smartphone buyers to choose products that have been designed with sustainability in mind. By certifying their smartphones, leading brands such as Samsung have a real opportunity to demonstrate that their products are helping advance more sustainable mobile solutions.”
Just last month the Samsung Galaxy S4 also received Platinum Certification from Underwriters Laboratory. The certification is for the device’s environmental impact and is separate from the UL consumer safety labels. A testing conducted by UL found the charger of the S4 to consume a very little amount of energy. They also took into consideration the box used by the S4 which is made of 100% recyclable materials and the ink used in printing the manuals which is soy based.
This isn’t the first certification that Samsung got for their mobile devices as the company also got PAS 2050 certification by the Carbon Trust last year for their S3 and Galaxy Ace Duo models.