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What are Eco-Friendly Phones?

  • By admin
  • July 11th, 2011

Without a doubt, mobile phones are great devices. They can store important phone numbers and details for you. You can order food from them, no matter where you are. You can use them as map finders, and even browse the Internet. In fact, they are more than just a device nowadays; they are essential tools for the modern human being. However, did you know that you can get a mobile phone that is completely eco-friendly nowadays, and do your bit to help the environment?

Yes, as great as mobile phones can be, they do take a toll on the environment from the beginning of their inception. As with other manufactured items in the world today, mobile phones have thousands of components in them, which means that they also use up a lot of resources. Studies actually show that if you talked on your mobile phone for one hour every day for 365 days, you would end up producing the same amount of carbon dioxide that a jet uses up to fly to New York from London – believe it. The appearance of smartphones isn’t helping this predicament, either.

What you can do to help is switch to an environmentally friendly mobile phone, which comes with several benefits over its non-green counterparts. In general, eco-friendly mobile phones use up recycled materials during their entire production, styling and design with hopes of reducing the impact of resources on virgin materials. Plastics, for example, can be used around six times, which can reduce the amount of plastic filling up the landfill sites; and most eco-friendly mobile phones nowadays use recycled plastics during their production, as well.

Packaging has been a huge problem with these phones, too, because they are usually packed in boxes that are unnecessarily big for them. Manufacturers of green phones are now looking at this unnecessary use of materials during packaging and are making a big difference in reducing the use of these materials.

Eco-friendly mobile phones usually don’t use any harmful chemicals, either, like lead, mercury, cadmium, polyvinyl chloride or flame retardants. Plus, since they are designed to save energy, you won’t have to charge them as much. How great is that?

Basically, owning an eco-friendly mobile phone would be like owning a regular mobile phone – but with a much smaller carbon footprint. This means that a green phone will be environmentally friendly all throughout its design and production stages.

Of course, you should always look for a mobile phone that can do all of the things that you need it to and one that gives you useful services, has various applications, good network quality and attractive style. Fortunately, eco-friendly mobile phones do all of the things that regular phones do, too, but with an extra function: they have a much more positive impact on the environment.

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Ways to Keep in Touch When Living Abroad

Chantal Panozzo
  • By Chantal Panozzo
  • August 31st, 2010

By Chantal Panozzo

Flying home isnt always a solution

Flying home isn't always a solution

One of the hardest parts about living abroad is being far from friends and family. Mothers moan that they’ll never see their grandkids (never mind if they don’t even have grandkids). Fathers say that your mother misses you (after all, they would never admit missing you themselves). And you can barely keep up with all your family members, not to mention maintain your old friendships. So what’s an expat to do? Here are ways of keeping in touch that have worked for me.

One: Keep a blog

Many expats (i.e. moi) start blogs because they can no longer keep up with their email. A blog can be a great way to let friends and family know what you are up to. And if you don’t want the rest of the world to know it as well, it’s easy to password-protect your blog so only your intended audience reads it. To set up a blog, visit or

Two: Make time to talk

I try to call my family regularly. While we don’t set up actual times and dates, we usually talk about the same time each week. Often, local phone companies don’t offer competitive rates to foreign countries, but other methods, such as using calling cards or Skype, can make calling an affordable option for staying in touch. For calling cards, you’re already on the right site, For Skype, visit

Three: Join a networking site

This goes without saying, since millions of people are already on Facebook. But if you want to know what your friends and family are up to and vice versa, Facebook can be a powerful tool. Just don’t expect it to take the place of personal visits, calls, and emails. Sometimes I find that being friends with someone on Facebook means I’ll actually forgo the personal updates for something much more generic.

Another way to stay in touch is to create your own custom social network by using Ning. or

How do you stay in touch while living abroad?

Chantal Panozzo is a writer in Switzerland who has written for a variety of publications on two continents. She’s the author of One Big Yodel, a blog about life in Switzerland and moving abroad, and also discusses living abroad as a freelancer at Writer Abroad.

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