• Out with the old: 18% of Brits confess to throwing away their old and unused electronics instead of recycling
  • Leading the nation: 79% of over 55’s recycle every single day, compared to the national average of 59%
  • Not Yet Widely Recycled: 29% of Brits admitted that the biggest barrier to recycling is confusion around what can and cannot be recycled

Huawei has released research findings that reveal up to 55% of Brits are unaware that their smartphone devices can be recycled, with 18% admitting they throw away old and unused electronics.


Huawei commissioned research to discover what people really think about sustainability, which revealed that following the global pandemic nearly one in five (17%) Brits would like to take this chance to reset and to strive towards a greener future, while two-thirds of Brits (61%) are happy to see paper documentation removed from smartphone packaging, to help reduce their paper consumption.

The new industry-leading Huawei Mate40 Pro digital warranty card allows users to easily access their documents with a scannable QR code on the device, or simply by downloading it from Huawei’s website. In addition, the QuickStart Guide has also been reduced from 340 pages to just 44, and whilst the law currently prevents the removal of the entire paper guide, Huawei is working on this for the future.

Walter Ji, President of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business said: “At Huawei, we understand that bold steps must be taken by our industry to tackle the increasingly important environmental issues we face every day. The launch of our greenest smartphone yet, the HUAWEI Mate40 Pro delivers significant reductions in plastic and paper packaging and are just some of the small steps on our journey to ensure a greener and brighter future.”

Commitment to Sustainability


Moving one step closer towards its mission to remove all plastics from its packaging, Huawei has further enhanced the HUAWEI Mate40 Pro’s green credentials; through the use of 100% decomposable soy-bean ink in packaging, in place of petroleum-based ink, which can reduce the production of carcinogens and VOCs, which are a major source of environmental pollutants.


Through a series of green initiatives that have been implemented since 2013, Huawei has already taken significant steps to help create a greener future, including reducing emissions, investing in renewable materials, supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and recycling and reusing waste to help contribute to a circular economy.


Using bioplastics extensively since 2013, Huawei is also helping to reduce pollution and the negative environmental impact of manufacturing petroleum-based plastics. Over 30% of the bioplastics used come from environmentally friendly castor oil, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 62.6% and since 2018, Huawei has reduced emissions by 612 tons.


Last year alone, Huawei recycled 1,468 tons of waste electronics and this year, is on track to recycle more than 3,000 tons. Huawei also reused 86% of devices returned for recycling in 2019.


When it comes to energy efficiency, between 2015 – 2019, this increased by a staggering 50% across all Huawei products, and thanks to the use of solar power, Huawei has reduced carbon emissions by 89,000 tons.

Huawei also works hard to repair and re-home its products – 3,030 repair centres worldwide offer convenient, easily accessible repair services, and since 2015, over 500,000 used phones have found new homes through Huawei’s trade in service – all helping to contribute to a circular economy.

To find out more about Huawei’s latest sustainability pledge and its greenest smartphone yet, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/phones/mate40/