Corporate Responsibility
Motorola Mobility

Materials and Compliance

We are working to reduce the amount of potentially hazardous substances in our products and to find environmentally sound alternatives, while maintaining performance and quality. We have a continuing program to research and monitor independent scientific reviews of the environmental and health impacts of materials. The result is a growing list of product restrictions and environmentally sound alternatives.

We voluntarily extended our compliance with the European Union and China directives on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) to all mobile phones and mobile phone accessories regardless of where they are sold worldwide.

Using recycled plastic reduces consumption of natural resources, reduces carbon emissions from materials manufacturing and prevents waste. It also encourages recycling by creating a market for used materials. We developed 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic from water bottles for use in select products such as our P893 universal power product.

In 2011, CTIA (the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry) set a goal that by the year 2015, 25 percent of phones sold in the U.S. market will be built with recycled plastic content. Motorola Mobility is an active participant in the CTIA Green Working Group that developed the goal and is working toward its accomplishment. 


We take a precautionary approach to materials selection and have compiled a list of 75 substances and substance categories targeted for exclusion, reduction or reporting during the design and manufacture of our products. We divide these into three groups:

BANNED SUBSTANCES not permitted in any Motorola Mobility product

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES limited for use in manufacturing processes or certain product applications, with use limits typically defined by national or international environmental regulations

REPORTABLE SUBSTANCES not currently banned or controlled

Together, these three groups address past, present and future substance-use restrictions for electronic products.

Our management of substances of concern is based principally on independent expert scientific reviews and regulatory requirements. Such regulatory requirements, as well as the trends they signal, are a primary factor in the development of our policy for managing chemical substances. They are not the only factors, however.

Our experts are continually reviewing materials used in manufacturing. When scientific evidence is limited or conflicting, our experts assess potential adverse impacts, the need for precautionary measures and technical and economic feasibility of substitutes, where available. This multidisciplinary process may lead us to take voluntary measures to reduce, phase out, or eliminate substances that are not banned or controlled by regulatory agencies.

We require our suppliers to fully disclose information on the materials composition of parts and components, including information on substances of concern and recycled material content.


We strive to identify alternative materials with reduced environmental impact. These must also meet high standards for safety, technical performance and availability. For several years we have been working closely with our suppliers to develop technically sound and economically viable alternative substances to brominated flame retardants (BFRs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and phthalates.

Our efforts have enabled us to achieve the following milestones:

2001: Began introducing BFR-free rigid printed wiring boards in our mobile phones

2008: Began eliminating BFRs, PVC and phthalates from new mobile phone parts

2009: Introduced our first two phones free of these substances, MOTO™ W388 Renew+ and MOTOCUBO™ A45 Eco, and eliminated PVC from all of our mobile phones launched after 1 January

2010: Introduced six additional phones and five accessories free of these substances

2011: All mobile phones and accessories introduced after 1 January 2011 are BFR, PVC and phthalate free. This represents more than 100 new mobile devices and accessories including our DROID XYBOARD/Motorola XOOMTM 2 tablet and smartphones including DROID RAZR/Motorola RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, and DROID 4.

We reached our commitment to eliminate these substances from all new designs of mobile phones and accessories introduced after 31 December 2010. We will continue to report our performance.

We define a product as “free” of BFR, PVC and phthalates if it is 99.9 percent free of elemental bromine, PVC and phthalates, respectively. Our phase out of BFRs, PVC and phthalates covers all new product designs of mobile phones and accessories. While our phase out covers the vast majority of products and components, older product designs, replacement parts and accessories for older product designs may not be fully BFR-free and PVC-free.

2012:  In addition to being BFR/PVC and phthalate free, all mobile phones, accessories and battery products introduced after January 1st, 2012 are perchlorate free. 

2012:  We introduced our first Beryllium and Antimony free power products, the P893 and P4000 Chargers 


Batteries require correct handling and disposal to prevent environmental impacts at the end of their life. Our batteries are fully encased and do not release hazardous substances if they are used and disposed of correctly.

Our batteries are also designed for compliance with the EU Battery Directive that restricts use of mercury and cadmium. We apply these restrictions to our batteries for all markets regardless of where they are sold worldwide.

We voluntarily publish product data sheets that help our customers handle and safely dispose of our three main types of battery:

Lithium Ion (Li-ion) product data sheet
Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) product data sheet
Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) product data sheet

We also take back used batteries for recycling


A number of countries around the world have implemented regulatory restrictions on hazardous substances.

Motorola Mobility complies with the European Union’s directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) for electronic products sold in the EU. We have voluntarily extended RoHS requirements to many of our products. For additional information, download our EU RoHS Statement.

China’s Management Methods for Controlling Pollution from Electronic Information Products requires manufacturers to report and label usage of the same six hazardous substances listed in the EU RoHS Directive effective as of 1 March 2007. All Motorola products manufactured after 1 March 2007 and shipped into China comply with the labeling requirements of China Management Methods.

Learn more about Motorola’s compliance with China’s Management Methods for Controlling Pollution by Electronic Information Products in China. Additional questions may be directed


REACH is a European Union substances regulation that became law on 1 June 2007, with phased deadlines to 2018. The broad regulation requires communication throughout the supply chain, and we are actively sharing information to meet our obligations and help our customers meet theirs.  Motorola Mobility maintains a list of products in accordance with these requirements.

We have implemented our current obligations under REACH and will continue to comply as other obligations are phased in. Read our letter to our customers on our efforts to comply with REACH.