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Samsung unveils handset made of corn

Green Giant the Reclaim is partly made of corn

Korean handset vendor Samsung introduced a cheap, eco-friendly, full featured mobile phone on Friday, made partly out of corn.

The Samsung Reclaim is made from 80 per cent recyclable materials, including a bio plastic outer casing made from corn. The device is free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, and nearly free of brominated flame retardants (BFR).

The packaging is made from 70 per cent recycled materials, including a soy-based ink, and the paper user manual has been replaced by an online version. The charger claims to consume 12 times less power than the Energy Star standard and features a visible notification to alert the user to unplug the handset once it’s fully charged.

Available on the Sprint network in the US for $50 on a two year contract, the Reclaim weighs in with a slide out full QWERTY keyboard, GPS, two megapixel camera, and expandable memory to 32GB.

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3 comments

  1. Francis 07/08/2009 @ 12:49 pm

    good enough to eat

  2. Mac 07/08/2009 @ 4:58 pm

    Well, since dropping a phone in water pretty much wrecks it anyway, they should just make it dissolve! Like a hard-candy casing. :)

    OK, but seriously, that is cool. The question always comes down though like a lot of these green products is that if the manufacturer can do this and seemingly do it at similar costs, why don’t they just be done and switch their lines wholly? Then we’d be talking impact.

  3. Zeyad 10/08/2009 @ 3:27 pm

    This is a great news, but when this kind of mobiles will make it to the middle east markets. it can be more impactful if other markets can be part of this launch which in the long run help Samsung market share.

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