#RedLovesGreen: The Smartphone Eco Rating explained
Building a more sustainable future is our joint responsibility.
Connecting for Good is at the core of Vodacom's business, and in the past 25 years, we have embraced sustainability throughout every aspect of our business practices
Over the past few years, it has become evident that collective action is needed to create a better future for everyone. As a company with a footprint that spans across Africa, Vodacom has always believed that success should not come at a cost to the environment. In this way, we need to be intentional about our efforts to create a more inclusive, sustainable future for all while ensuring we are resilient, flexible and adaptable.
With that in mind, Vodacom has begun to list the Eco Rating of each new smartphone available throughout our online and physical scores, to better help customers understand and manage their impact on the environment.
How does the Eco Rating work?
The Eco Rating score is a number used to indicate the environmental performance of mobile phones and is based on an objective assessment of both life cycle and environmental impact indicators.
The highest possible score is 100 for maximum environmental performance. So, the closer the score is to 100 the better is the environmental performance of the device. This indicator can be used as a guideline when purchasing devices with the lowest impact to the environment.
The Eco Rating label will also present five other assessments, covering 1) extraction of raw materials and production, 2) packaging and 3) transport, through to 4) durability during use and 5) how effectively the device can be recycled at the end of its life. The aim of the eco rating is threefold:
- Helps customers to make informed and more sustainable choices
- Encourages suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their devices
- Aligns the industry in improving transparency and reducing its environmental footprint
Our latest devices and deals are now available with their Eco Rating on display. You can find out more by clicking each respective deal.
|Galaxy A32 5G||78||R329 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Galaxy A12||81||R199 on Flexi 125|
|S62 Pro||69||R929 on 2GB|Red core more data|
|P SMART 2021||70||R279 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Redmi 9A||35||R149 on Flexi 125|
|Samsung S20 FE||77||R499 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Huawei P40 lite 5G||79||R399 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Redmi note 10 5G||72||R249 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Samsung Flip 3||78||R899 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Nokia G50||68||R299 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Samsung A52s||84||R399 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Huawei Nova 9||71||R579 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Xioami 11T Pro||69||R699 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Redmi Note 11||83||R299 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Samsung A53||77||R429 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Samsung A33||76||R349 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Samsung A03||78||R279 on 1GB|Red core more data|
|Samsung S21 FE 5G||80||R699 on 1GB|Red core more data|
Vodacom is committed to contributing to sustainable cities and communities through the creation of digital solutions to help governments, businesses and society address some of the more pressing environmental issues like climate change and water scarcity.
For more tips on going green as well as how Vodacom is helping to save our planet, visit our sustainability page on the Vodacom website.
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