Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ has received a Gold rating from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a global eco-label for the IT sector. The devices are the first smartphones to earn the certification, which looks at material selection, product longevity, the manufacturer’s social contributions, and energy conservation during production and use, among other criteria. The certification is a joint initiative of the non-profit Green Electronics Council and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science organisation.
The rating also recognises Samsung’s efforts to produce the devices in a sustainable way, which includes increasing the efficiency of chargers, using recycled plastics in accessories, and other eco-friendly measures.
The smartphones also received the Ecologo Gold Certification to the ANSI/UL 110 Standard for Sustainability for Mobile Phones. They have also been given a “Carbon Footprint Label” from the Carbon Trust as well as a “Vitality Leaf” eco-label from the Russian Ecological Union.
The LG G6 smartphone also achieved UL 110 sustainability standards, as announced in August.