updated 04:05 pm EDT, Thu August 14, 2008
Samsung intros E200 Eco
At the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung event in Beijing, Samsung unveiled an environmentally-friendly version of its E200 slider phone on Wednesday and called it the E200 Eco. To lower its carbon footprint, the company used bio-plastic for the E200 Eco's external case. The case is made from natural plant-based materials and not petroleum like the case on the standard version of the phone, saving 1.16 tons of CO2 for every 1 ton of bio-plastic used versus traditional polycarbonate.
The company will also package the E200 Eco in a recycled paper box that does not use any glossy coatings as part of its efforts to be friendlier to the environment. Samsung is working in conjunction with Cheil Industries on its efforts.
At the same time, Samsung unveiled the W510 and F268, each made with environmentally conscious processes. The W510 also uses bio-plastic, and no Lead, Mercury or Cadmium was used in its production. The company claims the F268 and its accessories are the first that do not contain any Brominated Flame Retardants or PVCs. It also has an alarm function that urges users to unplug the phone once the battery is fully charged.
The E200 Eco will be offered in Europe in early September, although pricing information was not announced. [via Akihabara]