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Nokia Product Improvement

Materials

Our main objectives for materials are that we know all the substances in our products, not just those that raise concerns,and that they will all be safe for people and the environment when used in the proper way. We concentrate on what is in our products rather than what has been excluded. Nokia is the first mobile phone manufacturer which, in close cooperation with its suppliers, has full material declaration for our mobile devices. This means we can respond swiftly if new concerns arise about substances we use.

Innovative materials

We continually review the potential of new materials to improve the environmental impact of our products. In 2007 we introduced bioplastics in the Nokia 3110 Evolve and we are studying the possibility of using recycled plastics in specific parts of the device. We have also looked into a possibility of creating a device that could be made entirely from recycled materials, avoiding the use of virgin materials and diverting waste from landfill. Our design team has created the Remade concept device which uses recycled materials from metal cans, plastic bottles, and car tires. The concept will inspire and stimulate further thinking on how mobile devices might be made in the future. Our research teams have also conceived the Eco Sensor Concept - a mobile phone and sensing device that will collect environmental data that can be shared with others, increasing environmental awareness.

External requirements

Several countries are introducing measures similar to the European Union legislation on Restrictions on Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) which became effective in 2006. All our terminal products comply with RoHS worldwide.

The European Union Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (known as REACH) aims to evaluate and register tens of thousands of chemicals, and to substitute those considered most dangerous.
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