Over the past decade, cell phones have rapidly matured from quick emergency aids to modern appendages. Their accelerating technological developments have significantly improved our social sharing, business networking and navigational freedom, but with each upgraded replacement comes the cost of environmental detriment. As new models come out each year, consumers are persuaded to buy the latest advancements and toss their “old” ones out – making cell phones a disposable technology that contributes to the toxic waste piling up in landfills.
The good news is that several cell phone companies have already stepped up to the challenge of developing responsible, alternative materials for cell phones that respond to these environmental concerns – including the solar-powered Micromax X259 and the Motorola W233 Renew made from recycled plastic bottles.
With the help of industrial designer Daizi Zheng, Nokia is yet another company joining the environmental race for sustainability with a pollution-free cell phone battery that is powered only by sugar.
The phone’s sugar “battery” is very simple to charge – just pour in some soda, sugar water, or any sugary liquid. The sugar in the solution is catalyzed by a natural enzyme that converts the chemical energy into electricity, which powers the phone. This alternative-energy phone only draws power when you choose to add some fuel to it, allowing it to stay charged up to 4 times longer than a typical lithium battery. After the power source is used up, simply pour out the safe byproduct composed of water and oxygen.
While ordinary phone batteries consume valuable manufacturing resources and create a challenge for safe disposal, this sugar-powered phone will provide an ecologically conscience alternative for staying connected to our friends, family, colleagues, and the environment.