Five-Year Phone Concept Phone Finally Hits Sustainable Design Points
Images via James Barber
Designer James Barber has come up with a concept phone for Nokia that we can really start to get on board with. Built with the dual problem of embodied energy - the energy it takes to make the device itself - and recyclability of our electronics in mind, Barber worked out a phone that maximizes both the use of the embodied energy and the recyclability. The result is a gadget much closer to green than many other concepts we see churned out. As Yanko Design notes, "He did some fabulous research that pointed toward the energy used to make and the energy used BY a cellphone in it's whole life. Can you guess which was more?
For a cellphone used for 2 years, the energy used to create it is "roughly 3 times larger" than the energy used by the phone in it's lifetime!"
So, Barber worked on devising a phone lasts for five years, has replaceable parts, and the whole phone is 85% recyclable. It uses just one screw to open the device for recycling, and the modular camera is made so that it can be upgraded as the technology for mobile phone cameras improves.
This planned longevity - rather than planned obsolescence - is something we want and need to see in a sustainable marketplace, but something that we nearly never get to enjoy. Most people upgrade their cell phones every 18 months, either donating, recycling, or tossing their perfectly good, but yesterday's-news old phones. This phone would be made to not only last (at least) five years, but can be improved upon so that people have less of a reason to shop for something hot off the manufacturing line.
And the part we really love is that it lists the ingredients on the inside of the cover, so users can see what it is made of, and how much of it is recyclable.
As far as aesthetics, it's not as shiny and appealing as many cell phones on the market, but it's very similar to the Reclaim from Samsung, which is already a greener option for mobile phone users.
Focusing more on the longevity of the device to minimize its energy impact, rather than some fancy - yet impractical - form of charging it up, is the kind of sustainable gadget design we want to see more of.
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