phone has become part of everyday life for many people around the
world – it's hard to imagine how we ever got along without
But they're not just about communication. They've become fashion
items too and, as a result, many of us change or upgrade our mobile
phone every 18 months or so. In fact, some estimates suggest that,
in Europe alone, we discard in excess of 100 million mobile phones
Now researchers at the University of Warwick's Warwick
Manufacturing Group, working with PVAXX Research & Development
Ltd, have come up with a novel way to recycle discarded mobile
phones: simply bury them and watch them turn into flowers.
Using a biodegradable polymer they've created a mobile phone
case with a seed embedded in a small transparent window. The
polymer is perfectly stable in a normal working environment –
but when placed in compost completely biodegrades, releasing its
seed for germination.
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