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Reclaim: A Cellphone Made From Corn

SamsungReclaimPackaging

(Via Engadget)

Almost like a follow-up to a previous post, Samsung and Sprint introduce the Reclaim: a cellphone made from corn. This super-eco cellphone is made from 80 percent recycled materials and is constructed from “bio-plastic” materials made from corn. It’s free of PVC, and mostly free of BFR (brominated flame retardants), which are not good. Of course, the packaging will be eco-friendly as well, as it’s constructed from 70 percent recycled materials and printed with soy-based ink.

SamsungReclaimGreen_open

The stout, sliding QWERTY message-friendly device will be sold in “Earth Green” or “Ocean Blue” will go for $50 (after a $30 instant rebate and $50 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract. Additionally, $2 of that profit will be funneled to the Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program.

For those of you still new to the whole corn-based plastics thing, the main component of this “bio-plastic” is polylactic acid, also known as PLA, a resin that comes from the fermentation of the raw biomass from plants (like corn). PLA by itself is biodegradable, does not generate dioxin when burnt, or other harmful gases. Unfortunately the material still needs a small amount of fossil fuel for it to be able to be used as a cell phone housing (only 40% of the housing is made from the corn-based bio-plastic). However, the PLA-based plastic can be processed after the end of use of the product and by doing so, the corn-based component can safely degrade.

Let’s hope that sucker doesn’t start breaking down in your sweaty little pocket… I’d love to find out which resin brand and grade are used in this… If anyone out there finds out, let me know… I think many of us are keen on seeing more real-world uses for biomass-based materials…

Read more details from Businesswire here.

UPDATE 1: Check out Vince’s comments below… [Thanks Vince!]

UPDATE 2: Engaget’s first hands-on for the Reclaim with a video showing the features.

The main component is polylactic acid, also known as PLA, a resin that comes from the fermentation of the raw biomass from plants. PLA by itself is biodegradable, does not generate dioxin when burnt, or other harmful gases. Unfortunately the material still needs a small amount of fossil fuel for it to be able to be used as a laptop housing. However, the PLA-based plastic can be processed after the end of use of the product and by doing so, the corn-based component can safely degrade.

Corn – It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

corn(Via IDES)

The folks from Protomold discuss biodegradable plastics made from corn starch (PLA or polylactic acid). They’ve run the material is small quantities with “satisfactory results” – whatever that means… The point is that these materials are becoming a more viable option for those looking to replace polyolefins (polyethylene, polypropylene), styrenes or cellulosic. It’s definitely worth checking out.

See the entire article here.


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