Who would have thought? A biodegradable cell phone!
While the international press and Olympic athletes complain about the environmentally-unfriendly air quality in Beijing, Samsung plans to bring a little green to the games today with its new E200 Eco bioplastic cell phone. Unlike traditional plastics, which are derived from (non-renewable) petroleum-based products, bioplastics are derived from (renewable) biological sources, such as corn.
The E200 Eco is actually not the first bioplastic phone from Samsung. This last June, Samsung released the W510 and the F268 phones in Asia. However, the W510 and F268 phones both use traditional plastics and biolplastics in their designs; but the E200 Eco is Samsung's first phone "in which the entire case is bioplastic." (The E200 Eco will be available in Europe in September, but an American release date hasn't been announced yet.) For all three phones, the bioplastic being used is a corn derivative. In addition to eschewing a petroleum-derived plastic, Samsung also claims to be producing the phones "using techniques that eliminate harmful materials like lead, cadmium and mercury," and "the F268 and the new E200 Eco devices and their chargers are also free of a common flame retardant that can harm the environment."
[Read the rest over at Hot Hardware]