With 95% of UK households owning one or more mobile phones [source], and with 4.7 million Brits admitting they have thrown their old phones in the general waste [source], it’s no surprise that smartphones have a big impact on the climate.

The pressure of owning the latest technology can be detrimental to the environment. Phones that still have plenty of life in them can be quickly discarded as soon as the newest version is released, and if these aren’t recycled properly, it’s most likely landfill where they end up. 

So what can you do to personally reduce mobile phone waste? 

Well, instead of upgrading every two years or buying the latest phone for the sake of it, we caught up with Chief Technology Expert, Burton Kelso, from Integral to find out how you can make your phone last longer.  

Charging Your Phone 

Ever bought a cheap charger to avoid the costs of a manufacturer's one? Although you might think you’re saving money in the short term, it can have long-term damage to your wallet… and phone!

Burton explains: “When charging your phone, you need to make sure that you’re using the cord that is developed by your phone manufacturer. Using aftermarket cords can definitely shorten the life of your phone and your phone's battery.”

Maintaining Battery Life  

Although batteries aren’t made to last forever, Burton shares a great tip on how to maximise your phone’s battery life: 

“Your phone battery will eventually die and there’s really not much that you can do about it other than making sure that you keep your phone out of extreme temperatures. “You can expect your phone battery to last anywhere between 2-3 years, and one key tip to maximise longevity is to make sure that you keep your phone out of extreme temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can cause issues with your smart devices. If your phone battery begins to expand, replace it immediately to avoid risking ruining your device.”

Having Enough Storage

With phones becoming more than just a place to store our loved one’s phone numbers, storage issues can arise, which can lead you to think you need to upgrade to be able to have more space for your photos. 

But, according to Burton: “When purchasing a new smartphone, it’s probably best to get as much storage as you think you will need and then some. It will make it easier for you to manage your device. Also, make sure that you are setting up automatic backups with your smartphones. The last thing you want to happen is for your smartphone to become damaged and you lose all of the information on your device. Android phones can easily have their internal storage expanded by adding an SD card. However, you cannot expand storage on an Apple. Apple users need to pay for backup services through iCloud.” 

Physically Protecting Your Phone

Last, but not least, physically protecting your phone is a key factor in keeping your phone in tip top condition! 

Burton suggests: “With most modern smartphones being made out of glass, it’s a good idea to get a protective screen and a protective case for your smartphone. Accidents do happen and you want to make sure if you accidentally drop your phone that you don’t break it. Of course, there are extended warranties and protection services you can purchase for your smartphones, but to avoid less out-of-pocket expense, a protective screen and a protective case are the best options for you to go with.” 

Here at Wave, we’re on a mission to help protect your phone, as well as protecting the planet. Our biodegradable phone cases have been military grade drop tested and feature a 2mm lip for added protection. Shop our sustainable phone cases today to help keep your phone in the best condition.

August 31, 2022 — Wave Case
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