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An eco-friendly industry benefits all
Joan Ruddock
parliamentary under secretary, climate change, biodiversity and waste, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
From eco-design to creating a green supply chain and using sustainable sources, companies can and should take environmental responsibility.
How creative marketing can help the environment
Chris Huhne
Liberal Democrat member of parliament for Eastleigh and shadow environment food and rural affairs secretary
With rising energy bills, companies are finding that reducing their carbon footprint is a win-win-win policy.
The Mobile Footprint and consumer expectations
Phil Downing and Jenny Dawkins
Head of environmental research, and head of corporate responsibility research, Ipsos MORI
The environment is seen as the top priority for business to address in the next few years, ahead of caring for employees, providing more jobs and keeping prices reasonable.
Our love affair with mobile phones
David Hall
International campaign director, Together
Mobile phones are at the centre of our culture of disposability, and mobile phone companies should take responsibility for coming up with environmental solutions.
Towards a bigger innovation footprint
James Woudhuysen
professor of forecasting and innovation, De Montfort University
Corporate Social Responsibility in the mobile IT sector is a smokescreen that hides a lamentable record on innovation.
Your old handset is as good as new
Gordon S Shields
chairman, Shields Environmental Plc
and creator, Fonebak

Re-use is the highest form of recycling; it saves resources, reduces carbon emissions and provides affordable phones for the developing world.
Environmentalists emphasise ‘stuff’ over people
Rob Lyons
deputy editor, spiked
Mobile phones save that most precious of commodities - time.
The rewards of green business
Matthew Owen
co-founder and director, Cool Earth
Becoming carbon neutral is not enough; businesses should reduce global carbon emissions by at least 10 times their footprint.

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Joan Ruddock
Chris Huhne
Liberal Democrat environment spokesman
Phil Downing and Jenny Dawkins
Ipsos MORI
David Hall
James Woudhuysen
De Montfort University
Gordon S Shields
Rob Lyons
Matthew Owen
Cool Earth
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