If 10% of the world's mobile phone users turned off their phone chargers after use, the energy saved in one year could power 60,000 homes in Europe.
New mobile devices are becoming more energy efficient, for example, power cells currently in use require fewer resources during manufacture, and avoid the use of toxic metals, such as lead and cadmium. This makes the batteries much safer during the recycling and disposal processes.
The GSMA has launched a Universal Charging Solution to reduce power consumption and losses during the charging period and make life much simpler for the consumer.
The average useful life of a mobile phone is about seven years so an unwanted phone should be given to a recognised take-back scheme and never be thrown away with unsorted household waste. Consumers should transfer their memories to their new phone and erase personal data before returning their phone. Please refer to each phone manual will for details on how to do this.