Thursday, December 10, 2009

Color Isn't What Makes This Phone Green

When I first saw this phone (right), by James Barber, I wasn't impressed with the design. Then I learned what makes the design so unique.

This is a cellular phone that will last five years. It has easily replaceable parts. If you only use a cellphone for 2 years, the energy used to create the phone is roughly 3 times larger than the energy used by the phone in it’s lifetime.

After 5 years, with about a minute of disassembling, 85% of the materials are recyclable (left). The green plastic can be melted down and re-molded without any discoloration.

Whether or not this particular model catches on, it demonstrates several principles that will have to be applied to any design in the future - repair, retain, recycle.

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