Nokia on Thursday announced Nokia and other mobile industry players have agreed on measures to reduce pollution from the manufacture and disposal of mobile phones.
|Visitors look at new Nokia phones during a Nokia conference|
The group has agreed to reduce energy consumption, stop using some hazardous materials, improve the amount of phones collected through take-back schemes and recycled, and give consumers more environmental information about products, Nokia said in a statement.
"It is important that the mobile industry continues to provide ways for customers to return unwanted mobile phones," Charlotte Grezo, Vodafone director for corporate responsibility, said in a statement.
The voluntary group also includes companies and brands such as Motorola Matsushita Electric Industrial's
The efforts are part of a pilot project in partnership with the European Commission. In a similar move, French retailer Carrefour. and other manufacturers agreed to make a type of wooden garden chair more environmentally friendly with design changes.
"Looked at globally, the production and consumption of products have a huge impact on our environment through the use of resources, energy and transport, and the creation of waste," Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said in a statement.
"I applaud the leadership shown by Nokia and Carrefour and warmly welcome the commitments made by the participating companies. I urge others to take similar action to green their products."