04. 02. 2008
Bamboo Phone : A truly green cell phone
How unique an idea would it be if you could juice up your cell phone just by cranking it up manually? Sound too good to be true? Maybe not – if the concept for the Bamboo phone by Dutch designer Gert-Jan van Breugel makes it to production.
The Bamboo cell phone, one of the finalists at the 2008 Greener Gadgets Design Competition, leaves no stone unturned in being eco-friendly. The most striking feature being: by keying it up for around 3 minutes, you can generate enough charge on your phone to take you through one call (call duration not specified). Which to me, is really exciting – apart from the fact that I do not have to carry my charger around at all times, it can also be a lovely power-saving mechanism.
The cell phone case itself is made up of 100% bio-degradable materials such as corn and bamboo, which means, if the phone is thrown into a compost (without the battery, antenna and printboard), it will decompose completely in a few weeks. With all this, the phone doesn’t compromise on looks either; if given a few options on the color, you'll love to show off its sleek design. A sure winner, this one.