Here’s an idea so cool and eco-futuristic that it looks like it must be a hoax. Because of the explosion of cell phone users and the maddening upgrade cycle for new features, there has been a problem with the number of old phones being dumped into landfills. An R&D company contracted by Motorola has come up with a creative solution: turn the phones into flowers. That’s right, when you’ve had enough of the phone, you can dig a shallow grave for it. The phone will biodegrade, and a seed implanted in the faceplate will sprout into a beautiful sunflower. As CNN.com reports:
Pvaxx Research & Development…has come up with a polymer that looks like any other plastic, but which degrades into soil when discarded. Researchers at the University of Warwick in Britain then helped to develop a phone cover that contains a sunflower seed, which will feed on the nitrates that are formed when the polyvinylalcohol polymer cover turns to waste.
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So, I guess if CNN said it, it must be true. It definitely gets my vote as coolest technology of the year.