AT&T continues eco push with Pantech Renue

The Pantech Renue has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and helps spearhead AT&T's new eco-ratings standards.

Pantech Renue
AT&T's eco-friendly Pantech Renue is a compact messaging phone. Josh Miller/CNET

AT&T is digging in behind its February promise of eco-ratings for phones sold with the carrier's service with the sale of the Pantech Renue .

The Renue is built from 67 percent recyclable components, and its packaging is constructed from 95 percent recycled paper and printed with soy ink, which isn't a petroleum industry byproduct. The onboard power-saving app is another nod to Earth's resources. In addition, the Renue has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-inch touch screen, and a 3-megapixel camera. It costs $69.99 with a new two-year service agreement.

AT&T's environmental thrust comes after the carrier's surveys found that "more than 6 in 10 Americans said they would consider an eco-rating in their purchasing decision, all other things being equal." Starting July 30, AT&T says, it will release eco-rating labels on postpaid handset devices, and on 14 existing cell phones.

The eco-rating system pertains to hazardous materials like certain chemicals, environmentally preferable materials like recycled paper and soy ink, energy efficiency, "responsible end-of-life treatment," and "environmentally-responsible manufacturing."

The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate , which was announced at CES 2012, was the first of AT&T's phones to arrive with the new cardboard packaging. The box is certified environmentally preferable, but there are no other ratings indications.

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