Sustainability

GreenHeart™

What makes a GreenHeart™

Many small steps. One giant leap.

Less packaging. No paper manual. Waterborne paint. Recycled plastics. A low-energy charger. It’s not how big each step is that matters. It’s the number of steps you take. Take reducing packaging, for instance. A small step for us, but it means we send more phones with each shipment. And replacing a paper manual with a digital e-manual saves paper. That mounts up to a lot of trees. Wouldn’t you agree?

From the start, with the launch of the Sony Ericsson C901™GreenHeart™ in 2009, the intention has always been to broaden GreenHeart™ across the portfolio. For us GreenHeart™ is not a competition to produce the greenest products, it is an initiative to improve our entire portfolio. We want to ensure that every phone and accessory includes GreenHeart™ credentials and step-by-step we are working towards this goal.

Recycled Plastics

By using recycled plastics we’re giving water bottles and CDs a second home. Since recycling is far more energy efficient than producing new plastics, this reduces the carbon footprint of our products and saves non-renewable resources.

We work hard to use recycled plastics in as many phones as possible. Xperia™ P and Xperia™ U are both examples of phones that contain recycled plastics. C901 GreenHeart™, Naite™, Elm™, Hazel™ and Cedar™ contains ≥ 50 % post consumer recycled plastics. Aspen™ contains about 30 % post consumer recycled plastics and other GreenHeart™ 2011 smartphones contain 50-70 % of post consumer recycled plastics in the back covers.

Waterborne Paint

We have worked hard to use waterborne paint in as many products as possible. Waterborne paints significantly lower emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) compared to solvent-based paints. Xperia™ P and Xperia™ U are both examples of phones that contain waterborne paint.

E-manual

We’ve replaced extended paper manuals with an electronic version in the phone, so it’s always there when you need it. And it helps us cut down on paper usage and transport. By replacing the standard manual in one million phones, we save 350 tonnes of paper. This equals 13,000 trees and 75,000 cubic metres of water.

Reduced Packaging

We’ve optimised the packaging of our phones to make them more eco-smart. The phones are packed in attractive yet smaller, lighter boxes to reduce the environmental impacts of transport and preserve precious natural resources. The smaller packaging allows us to send more phones within each shipment, cutting down CO2 from transportation and saving non-renewable fuels. Our phone packaging boxes are made from paper and we are able to trace the origin of our virgin paper material. Whenever technically possible we use ink and varnish which is solvent-free and vegetable oil based ink. We have also introduced environmentally conscious packaging concepts for our accessory products and during 2011, we replaced our plastic blister packaging with other more energy efficient solutions.

Green Charger

Our new standard chargers have a no-load power consumption that is ≤30mW. This means less power consumption. All our chargers are PVC free since the end of 2009.

Substance Control

We are committed leading the market into phasing out hazardous substances and we are dedicated to continuing our work in this area.

For more information regarding Sony Mobile’s work with substance control please refer to Substances of concern

We also supply environmental declarations for our phones in the Support section.

Green Applications

With green applications such as Walkmate Eco and EcoMate, you really can walk the talk about being eco-smart. Walkmate Eco helps you make a greener choice by showing the CO2 reduction of the steps you take, compared to driving the same distance by car. And EcoMate shows you how you make smarter greener choices every day in an easy and fun way. Small things that make a big difference. With Android™ Smartphones there are several green applications available on Android Market™.

GreenHeart™ accessories

Our accessory range includes several eco-smart accessories, like the energy-efficient Charger EP800 and the VH410 headset. More than 50 % of the hard plastic parts in the VH410 are made of recycled plastics.

Global Take-Back programme

Our Global Take-Back programme ensures that mobile phones do not end up in landfills. They are sent to recycling facilities specialised in mobile phone recycling. Components and materials can be used again, reducing the need to extract non-renewable resources and refine material for new products. This leads to a reduction in e-waste, saving resources, energy and chemicals.

Learn more about our Global Take-Back programme on the recycling pages.