Galaxy S4

First smartphone to meet TCO standards for environmentally friendly and socially responsible manufacturing

Samsung has announced that its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, has become the world's first to win TCO certification. The award from TCO Development, an organization focusing on sustainability in IT products, intends to showcase products that meet standards for environmentally-friendly, economically viable and socially responsible manufacturing.

Today's press release gives details of the conditions Samsung met in each category --

In the social category, Samsung demonstrated that it is committed to socially responsible manufacturing and is compliant with International Labour Organization and United Nation conventions. In the environmental category, it was found that the GALAXY S4 was free from many hazardous materials such as nickel, beryllium, and mercury which, if present, would have severely restricted its potential to be recycled at the end its lifecycle. In terms of economic viability, the power efficiency of the charger was praised, as was the smartphone’s industrial design which boosts reliability. 

This isn't the first Samsung product to be awarded accolades for its environmental credentials. Last year the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Ace Duo were awarded PAS 2050 certification by the Carbon Trust. Before that, it played up the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish, which was available on Sprint and Boost Mobile.

It's also the second such award to be given to the Galaxy S4 -- Samsung says its new phone was also awarded UL's ECOLOGO certification.

 
There are 8 comments

Dan29466 says:

Headline above the pic says TCO, below the pic says CTO. So confusing first thing in the morning.

Joel E says:

This is a really good selling point to alot of onlookers. Being a first when it comes to a more environmental platform looks pretty damn good on a 'mobile resume'.

deadlock4400 says:

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the post.

Congratulation Samsung....carry on....

Thanks in Advance

s2weden2000 says:

you see this in the vEgetable company ? aY

Nokia 3310 should have got that award in the first place. . :D

DaVince says:

That's admirable of Samsung. Good job.