Substance control

Substances of concern

In electronic products there are still substances that are considered to be hazardous such as SVHC (Substance of Very High Concern) and endocrine disruptors (EDC’s). Examples of substances that Sony Mobile considers undesirable in our products on environmental grounds are mentioned below.

Substance Control

*) These targeted substance compounds have been phased out with a limited number of exemptions.

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs)

We were the first manufacturer to offer a full range of products free from BFRs in boards, cables and casings. Some BFRs are banned under some regulations, such as the EU RoHS directive, while others are still used by the industry. At Sony Mobile, however, we decided to phase out all BFRs and use alternative fire protection because of the risk of BFRs forming dioxins in uncontrolled incineration and that BFRs have proven to be endocrine disruptors, highly resistant to degradation in the environment and considered to be bioaccumulative. We have continuously phased out these substances, and all our smartphones and tablets and majority of our accessories are free from halogenated (brominated and chlorinated) flame retardants.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

We are concerned about PVC because of PVC’s heavy chlorine content, dioxins are released during the manufacturing, burning, or landfilling of PVC. Exposure to dioxins can cause reproductive, developmental, and other health problems, and at least one dioxin is classified as a carcinogen. Dioxins are also, persistent and accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals, especially oily fish. At Sony Mobile we have taken actions to remove Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) from our products this has resulted in that all Xperia™ smartphones and tablets and mojor parts of our accessories are PVC-free.

For a list of other PVC free Sony products please click here

Beryllium, antimony and phthalates

Beryllium has been used in the past in the form of beryllium copper in connectors of various kinds.Today all Xperia™ products are beryllium-free.

We are currently finalising the phase-out of antimony substances. Many of these substances are considered hazardous to both human health and the environment. All of these substances also cause problems in waste treatment or product recycling.

Antimony is used in some specific solders because of its unique properties. There are also other applications for antimony such as moisture protection and in electronic components. For moisture protection, alternatives have been developed and replacement is well on the way, but for some other electronic components no alternatives have been identified and this use is exempted from the phase-out plan until replacement materials have been identified.

All current Xperia™ products are ortho-phthalate free, with respect to those phthalates targeted and regulated by the EU regulation. We are striving to go beyond the legal requirements and aim to phase out all ortho-phthalates from our products.

Other substances of concern banned by Sony Mobile

Sony Mobile has also succeeded to exclude nonylphenols, bisphenol A as well as PFOA in our products. These substance groups have been proved to be hazardous both from a health and en environmental aspect. Nonylphenol is very persistent and not readily biodegradable in aquatic environments. Nonylphenol and bisphenol A are endocrine disruptors due to their ability to mimic estrogen and in turn disrupt the natural balance of hormones in affected organisms. PFOA is a hazardous substance and it has been shown to be; carcinogen, liver toxicant, a developmental toxicant, an immune system toxicant, and also exerts hormonal effects. Sony Mobile have therefore banned PFOA in all applications in our portfolio.