Sprint today announced the LG Optimus Elite, a new Android smartphone that adds to its roster of environmentally conscious devices. Its ecological features include an outer shell that is made of 50% recycled plastics; RoHS compliance, which means it is free of hazardous materials such as PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury; and ULE Platinum Certified for sustainability. The Sprint version comes in fully recyclable packaging that is printed with soy inks, contains 87% post-consumer paper, and is free of glues. The Virgin Mobile variant's packaging contains 30% post-consumer paper. The handset itself runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 3.5-inch display, 800MHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot capability, near-field communications, and Google Wallet. The LG Optimus Elite goes on sale via Sprint's web site and telesales Sunday, April 22 for $29.99 after rebate with new contract. In-store availability is set for May 18.