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Study shows increase in electronics’ GHG emissions

Published: November 2, 2022
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Researchers evaluated 1,003 life cycle reports from various manufacturers to determine the amount of carbon dioxide emissions created during the life span of products. | Maxx-Studio/Shutterstock

To help cut growing greenhouse gas emissions from electronics, researchers are suggesting extending the life spans of devices. 

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T-Mobile sues Belmont Trading for over $6 million

Published: October 19, 2022
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T-Mobile USA alleges Belmont Trading owes it millions of dollars in revenue from the sales of T-Mobile’s reusable and end-of-life devices. | DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock

One of the largest wireless carriers in the country filed suit against its phone resale and recycling vendor, claiming it has been shortchanged $6.6 million.

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EU seeks comments on device sustainability

Published: September 15, 2022
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Draft European regulations propose that mobile devices should include scratch resistance, protection from dust and water, resistance to accidental drops, battery longevity and the capacity to be disassembled and repaired. | ETgohome/Shutterstock

The European Commission is requesting feedback on draft regulations for designing mobile phones and tablets to be more environmentally friendly, including the issue of recyclability. 

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Brazil fines Apple, bans sale of phones without chargers

Published: September 15, 2022
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Apple plans to appeal a Brazillian Justice Ministry’s decision to fine the company for not including power chargers with iPhones sold in the country. | dan.nikonov/Shutterstock

In response to Apple’s decision not to include chargers with newly purchased phones by default, Brazil again fined the company and then banned the sale of iPhones if they do not include a power adapter.

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Nokia makes pair of sustainability-minded moves

Published: September 9, 2022
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Nokia has launched a subscription service that incentivizes people to keep their phones for longer using a range of rewards. | OleksSH/Shutterstock

Nokia is adding more recycled material to some of its devices and urging customers to use its Circular subscription service to hold on to phones longer. 

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Washington Post: Time to end planned obsolescence

Published: August 10, 2022
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A columnist with The Washington Post called for an end to planned obsolescence and adding repairability scores to packaging. | Nicole Glass Photography/Shutterstock

A major news outlet released an analysis of 14 popular consumer devices, finding that most could stop working in three to four years because of batteries that are impossible to replace.

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Global smartphone shipments fall in second quarter

Published: July 28, 2022
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An analyst noted that component supply backups and cost pressures are starting to ease up, but there are still some problems with logistics and production. | Kwangmoozaa/Shutterstock

Demand for smartphones is starting to decline, with research finding that worldwide smartphone shipments fell 9% in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the same period last year.

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