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The Life Cycle of a Cell Phone

By Environmental Protection Agency

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Book Id: WPLBN0000005409
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 0.7 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Life Cycle of a Cell Phone  
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency


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Excerpt: Y ou have one, your parents have one, yourfriends each have one—owning a cell phonehas become as common as having a tradi-tional land-line in your home. More than 156 mil-lion Americans now use cell phones—includingabout 20 percent of American teens! In a way,cell phones have become a necessity of everydaylife—we use them to call home when we’re late,make plans with friends, or get directions whenwe’re lost. But have you ever thought about howcell phones are made and what happens to themwhen you don’t need them anymore?Like any product, making a cell phone and itsparts uses natural resources and energy, whichcan potentially impact the air, land, and water.Understanding the life cycle of a product canhelp you make environmental choices aboutthe products you use, and how you dispose ofthem. Youcan help minimize your environ-mental impact of using a cell phone by:±Keeping your phone longer.Chooseyour cell phone service provider carefully.Pick a phone with features you need and astyle you like so you will keep it longer.±Charging your battery correctly.Increase the life span of your phone and battery by following the manufacturer’s direc-tions for charging the battery.±Reusing or recycling your phone.Find ways to reuse or recycle your phone andaccessories when you’re finished with them.Many companies recycle or reuse cellphones—visit the “Resources” section of this poster for a list of suggestions.Follow the life-cycle diagram to learn moreabout cell phones, their parts, and their potential impact on the environment…

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