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Reclaim Cell Phone – a biodegradabe cell phone (almost)

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The new Reclaim cell phone – courtesy of Samsung and Sprint – will launch on August 16th. Billed as an “eco-conscious phone, at $49.99 it features a case made of 40% corn-based biodegradable plastic. Another eco-friendly feature – when the phone’s fully charged, the charger lights up, reminding you to unplug it and save electricity.


Available in Blue Ocean and Green Earth colors (who thought of those names?), it features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, e-mail and Web access, a 2.0 megapixel camera and GPS navigation. But there’s a tiny catch. The low price applies after a $50 mail-in rebate.

An eco-friendly overachiever, Samsung Reclaim from Sprint is designed with environmentally-responsible components and fully recyclable packaging, making it the perfect wireless phone for the eco-conscious consumer.

Tags: gadget, biodegradable+phone, biodegradable+cell+phone

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • I believe that cell phone and credit cards that claim they are “Biodegradable” is another form of green washing that will mislead consumers. Products that are claiming they are biodegradable because they are made from PLA (Corn starch based plastic) are misleading. In spite of all the hype from Cargill spin masters, PLA isn’t a preferable alternative to current plastics. PLA is made from genetically altered corn (here in the U.S) that isn’t fit for human consumption, will not biodegrade in a landfill environment, causes the increased use of pesticides which are causing an ecological disaster in the Mississippi delta region, reduces food grain supplies raising food prices, Reduces food grains that should be exported to countries that need our grain, and the only way to properly dispose of PLA is in a commercial composting site. Try finding a commercial composting site near you. Most PLA will end up in a landfill where it will languish for a long time.
    There are plastics being developed that are biodegradable such as the ENSO biodegradable plastic bottle with EcoPure. Plastic products with EcoPure will biodegrade in a landfill environment and can be recycled.

    • Thanks Max I'll take a look at EcoPure.

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