Samsung makes SCH-W510 out of corn, love for the environment
We’ve seen phones that have been made out of hardwood and gold. But don’t you think it’s about time manufacturers turned to materials that would be really beneficial? Well, Samsung does.
Later this month, Samsung plans to launch new environment-friendly handsets, one that’s free of BFRs (Brominated flame retardants) and PVC, as well as another that’s made almost entirely with corn flour.
According to Samsung, the SCH-W510 has a battery cover that uses natural-dissolved bio-plastic made from corn starch, like other parts of the phone itself. It also has anti-bacterial surface coatings that help lessen the harmful effects of previous handset materials to the human body and nature, however small or insignificant they may seem to be.
The Samsung SGH-F268, meanwhile, will launch in China later this month free of BFRs and PVC, as a pre-cursor to the company’s move to fully stop the use of BFRs for their upcoming models starting in 2009.
Samsung says that they only use components that meet the standards of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) for its new mobile phones, which is something that all mobile phone manufacturers would do good to start implementing on their own products too. Corn starch might not be the most fashionable thing to use for a cellphone, but at least it helps the environment.
Via Telecoms Korea