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<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Tech companies big and small have felt the pressure over the years to offer eco-friendly products, cut back on costs and help its customers save energy. In honor of Earth Day, here is a look at some of the top green trends dominating the tech industry:</p> <p></p>

<strong>Green cell phones</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Various mobile device companies are offering eco-friendly products on the market. The carbon-neutral Motorola Renew W233 phone from T-Mobile is made in part from recycled water bottles, while the Samsung Reclaim from Sprint -- available in Earth Green or Ocean Blue colors -- features a biodegradable casing made from corn. The Reclaim's charger also requires 12 times less power than the Energy Star standard for standby power consumption and alerts users to unplug the handset once it's <a alt="((CONLINK|1042|fully%20charged))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/1042-the-end-of-cell-phone-chargers-is-near.html">fully charged</a> .</p> <p></p>

<strong>Reducing shipping waste</strong>

<p></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Amazon was a pioneer in cutting back on excess boxing, plastic "clamshell" cases and those annoying plastic-coated wire ties a few years ago. It has since developed a software program that determines the "right-sized" box for any given item to be shipped to a customer, based on that item's dimensions and weight, to cut back on waste and costs.</p> <p>Meanwhile, other companies such as Sony with its E72 <a href="http://cell-phones.toptenreviews.com/smartphones/?a_aid=aff1010">mobile device</a> are also shipping out products in small recycled boxes. Sony has even replaced the paper manual for its eco-friendly VAIO W Series laptop -- made with a plastic case that is 23 percent comprised from recycled CDs -- with a digital version to cut back on extra costs and waste.</p> <p></p>


<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>As smartphone growth continues, more <a alt="((CONLINK|2030|app%20developers%20))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2030-15-must-have-apps-for-the-new-verizon-iphone-user.html">app developers </a> are launching helpful, green-inspired programs to help users live an eco-friendly lifestyle, from eating better to cutting back on electric costs. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's "Seafood Watch" app takes the guesswork out of ordering fish. From abalone to yellowtail, the app ranks seafood for sustainability and health. An app called "MeterReadings" ($0.99) lets you track your gas, electricity and water consumption and costs in your home.</p> <p></p>

<strong>LED backlighting</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>More tech companies are incorporating LED backlighting in televisions and computers, providing products with thinner panels, less power consumption, better heat dissipation and a brighter display. For notebook and netbook panels, LED backlight adoption is expected rise to 100 percent in 2011, up from 91 percent in 2010, according to IHS iSuppli research. Meanwhile, LED penetration in television and monitor panels will rise to slightly less than 50 percent in 2011, up from about 20 percent in 2010.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Recycling programs</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>It's never been easier to recycle your old gadgets and devices. Apple is encouraging computer users to send them their old systems, whether it's a <a alt="((CONLINK|2460|Mac%20or%20PC))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2460--mac-vs-pc-choice-reveals-taste-in-movies-food-more.html">Mac or PC</a> . If it has monetary value, the company will apply that toward an Apple Gift Card, and if it doesn’t have any value, Apple will recycle it responsibly for you. It will also accept old iPods or any mobile phone by mail, and if you bring an old <a alt="((CONLINK|2366|iPod%20))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2366-new-ipod-nano-will-have-camera-source-claims.html">iPod </a> into an Apple Retail Store, it will give you 10 percent off a new one.</p>

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