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Phone-y flowers.

With 80 million new wireless phones sold in North America each year and the average user upgrading to a new phone every 18 months, the disposal of old phones is a huge problem. The phones not only take up valuable landfill space, but also contain toxic metals such as lead and cadmium that can leach into the environment. Researchers at Britain's University of Warwick working with Motorola and the materials company PVAXX Research and Development have come up with a way to stem at least part of the problem in a unique way. They have developed a special polymer phone casing with a high-quality finish--and a twist: it's compostable. For a final flourish, the designers embedded flower seeds in the casing, which germinate when the cover is composted.
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Title Annotation:The Beat
Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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