The folks from LG have really been stepping up their game lately in terms of hardware and software for their Android smartphones. First they launched the highly impressive and capable Optimus G, and then followed it up with the LG Nexus 4 in partnership with Google. Today we’re learning their Optimus G is more than just a powerful smartphone, it’s also eco-friendly.

LG’s been continuing to push the boundaries of smartphone in terms of technology, as well as carbon footprint. Their Optimus G rocks a low power IPS display, yet still runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a powerhouse quad-core 1.5 GHz processor under the hood. Today they’ve announced the Optimus G is one of their few phones to receive a Carbonfree certification.

The Foundation has certified LG’s popular handset as being completely Carbonfree, and thus eco-friendly. LG’s also received the same cert. for 5 other products this year, although none were mobile devices. This might not be breaking news, but it’s good to see a smartphone company taking action in this manor. Stay tuned for early next year when they unveil their Optimus G2 with a 1080p HD display and more.

“As an environmentally responsible company, we have strengthened our commitment to bringing energy-efficient products to market. But I’ll be the first to admit that this is a marathon, not a sprint and we still have a long way to go. Fortunately, we’re off to a great start”, declared Dr. Skott Ahn, Chief Technology Officer at LG Electronics.”

The Optimus G is just the second LG smartphone with such claims, the first being the LG Mach slider that was launched last year. So why exactly does this matter? Well in terms of smartphone news it doesn’t, but for those looking for a good company that also cares about the planet, LG is one for your list.

[via Unwired View]