Vodafone’s Eco-Rating keeps it simple: mobile phones receive a score up to 5.0 – with five being the most environmentally friendly.


The most commonly used raw materials for producing mobile phones are oil (plastic), aluminum, gold, silver, cobalt and other precious metals.


Labour conditions and safety in factories are also important. A higher score means a lower environmental impact and better working conditions.


Eco Rating

Because making a responsible
choice matters!

The right rating for your mobile phone

Are you interested in understanding the environmental
and social impacts of the products you buy?

Vodafone’s Eco Rating scores the environmental and social impacts of the manufacturing,
use and disposal of phones.

Follow the different stages of a mobile phone’s life cycle
and test your knowledge.

Extracting Material Resources

Natural resources are not infinite and some of them are already quite rare. The fewer
resources it takes to make a mobile phone, the higher the Eco Rating will be.

How many mobile phones would you need to recycle
to obtain a kilo of gold?

25-30 k25-30 k
40-45 k40-45 k
100-110 k100-110 k

We assess the environmental and social performance of suppliers and track their results over time.


Vodafone’s Eco Rating looks at the treatment of waste before, during, and after manufacturing.


A phone that contains sustainable innovations is rewarded additional points.


The Eco Rating score helps motivate manufacturers to pursue more sustainable innovations, and social and environmental practices.


The manufacturing of mobile phones has an impact on society and the environment, especially when it comes to energy use, greenhouse gas emissions,
water use and waste disposal.

How much water do you think is used, on average, in the production of a mobile phone?

up to 70 litresup to 70 litres
up to 150 litresup to 150 litres
up to 330 litresup to 330 litres

Different phone models are often made in different places. The Eco Rating takes manufacturing location and distribution of a mobile phone into account.


The Eco Rating is influenced by how the phone is transported – how
far they have to travel and what kind of transport is used to get them there.

Which type of transport produces the most CO2?


Less packaging or packaging that can be recycled helps to give the phone a higher score.


Every year we aim to raise the bar to drive the industry to improve.


Phones that are easy to upgrade or repair receive extra points.


The Eco Rating also looks at accessories, for example smart chargers turn themselves off when the phone is charged.


Eco Rating takes into account the phone’s energy saving features – including
the energy needed for calling, data transfer and charging.

Do you know how the very first mobile phones looked like?


Replaceable parts extend the life of mobile phones, for example batteries that can be exchanged for new ones with a higher capacity.


Did you know that:

  • The majority of mobile phones are not in use for longer than 18 months which is why most phones are only ranked once as after this they are often no longer available.
  • According to statistics, smartphone owners make calls twice as often as those who have feature phones.
  • You can help the environment by handing in your old phone at a Vodafone store and you can receive up to €300 for it?
  • In 2012, Vodafone recycled over 1.6 million phones

Do you want to know in what other way Vodafone operates responsibly? Check out our sustainability.


In most countries Vodafone stores accept phones for recycling. Check out how much you can get for your old phone!

End of life

Vodafone’s Eco Rating looks at the way
in which phones may be disposed of when they are no longer needed.

How much of a mobile phone can be recycled?

25 %25 %
60 %60 %
80 %80 %
Vodafone Sustainability

Vodafone site 

Vodafone Buyback

Very poor

Your final score is:

0 Eco

Vodafone appreciates your approach to the environment

Vodafone Eco Rating with other parameters can be found for each phone in Vodafone's offer. So you can immediately get a picture how is your phone in terms of impact on the environment.