The 20-Year-Light Bulb
With the bulb, the company won the L-Prize, a Department of Energy competition to create an ultra-efficient light bulb. Don’t worry about the $60 price tag though: In many cases, you’ll get it much cheaper. Philips partnered with about 280 utility companies, some of which will offer rebates on the bulb, which will bring the cost down to about $25.
The Earth-Friendly Smartphone
But that’s not what will make environmentalists heart flutter: the phone itself is made of 50 percent recycled plastic and does not include ecologically harmful materials such as PVC plastics, phthalates, halogens, or mercury.
Verizon Wireless won't release a phone on Earth Day, but boasts the fact that 75 of its retail stores have received “green” certifications from the United States Green Building Council. These stores use a variety of strategies to reduce its environmental footprint.
The carrier says these green stores use Energy Star certified equipment, employ energy management systems to conserve energy, use low-flow toilets and plumbing, and use environmentally friendly finishes and materials in the store’s construction.
Earth-Friendly Glue in PCs
3M is taking the opportunity around Earth Day to release more environmentally considerate glues used in the electronics manufacturing. The company says this makes the process of dismantling discarded electronics easier for recycling. All it takes is concentrated heat to make disassembly easier.
This also has another side benefit in that electronics that previously had to be discarded can now be taken apart easily to be repaired, 3M says. The result is less electronic waste in landfills, according to the company
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