An upcoming HTC mobile phone will be the first in the world to ship without a charger, according to reports.
In a deal with one of Britain's biggest networks, O2, the Taiwanese manufacturer will only provide customers with a USB cable. The main plug will not be included.
Even removing this small weight will reduce the environmental and financial costs of transport and packaging.
Customers will need to use a USB adaptor which will allow them to charge their device using mains electricity.
Many mobile phones already ship with a USB cable and adaptor in the box, so lots of people may be able to use an old one.
This means that fewer of these electrical items will be left collecting dust in drawers as buyers receive unnecessary brand-new ones.
In 2009, mobile phone manufacturers agreed to work towards a universal charger in a bid to reduce waste. However, this has not been developed.
O2 chief executive Ronan Dunne said: "Right now, O2 with HTC has to go it alone on this matter."
Posted by Samantha Green