Biodegradable Mobile Phones


By Jennifer H.

There are days I want to throw my cell phone out the window in hopes it would just disappear, and surely many others can empathize with my feelings. Thanks to PVAXX Research and Development Ltd. and researchers at University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group in Coventry, this dream is one step closer towards reality.

A year ago researchers announced they found a way to produce cell phone cases that can break down (only under certain conditions) and produce a flower. The driving force of this prototype is the fact that manufactures can conserve time and money when collecting, separating, and disposing of the plastics that make up a cell phone if the phone is disassembled by the user. Placing a seed (dwarf sunflower seed) in the phone encourages consumers to take apart their phone and lay it to rest.

I will admit though, my reasons for wanting a biodegradable phone stems from frustration, but does this mean I can gently pat a mound of soil over my phone when I do not wish to answer it any longer?

Price: Not yet out on the market, but considering the date on the article… possibly soon?