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What your new phone’s Eco Rating means – and why it matters
How to understand Eco Rating and make greener choices
The Eco Rating score doesn’t just reflect how sustainably a mobile phone was made. It represents the device’s environmental performance across its entire life cycle – because a truly sustainable phone lasts a long time. “Durability” refers to how robust a handset is, its battery life, and the device’s and components’ guarantee period.
As you probably guessed, a phone’s “repairability” score relates to how easily it can be repaired. The higher the score, the more potential a phone has to be repaired, reused and upgraded. This can dramatically increase a phone’s life cycle, especially if you choose to upgrade to a new handset in the future – the old device’s materials can be used in new devices long after you’ve moved on.
Another obvious one, but important. A phone’s “recyclability” score reveals to what extent the phone can be taken apart and its components recovered. That doesn’t just mean the materials themselves are easily recycled. It also reflects whether the manufacturer has provided information to allow recycling to take place. This is a crucial move happening across industries, from textiles to food packaging, and tech is no different.
A mobile phone’s “climate efficiency” score indicates its greenhouse gas emissions. That doesn’t just mean during production but across its whole life cycle – from production to disposal. It’s very straightforward: the higher the score here, the lower the device’s climate impact is.
Building a phone requires raw materials. This score highlights whether the device was made using scarce raw materials such as gold (often used to create electronic components). It also assesses the environmental impact of using those scarce materials. A higher score means your device has had less of an effect on the availability of materials.
How O2 gives you access to greener choices
As part of our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, we want to help you make informed choices about the products and services you’re using. This means providing you with more opportunities to reduce your carbon impact through initiatives such as Eco Rating. That’s not the only way we’re switching things up for the benefit of the planet: find out more about how O2 Recycle and Like New initiatives can help you make more sustainable tech choices.