Just when you thought we had all the environmentalism we could cope with, Samsung creates a phone out of recycled corn. Or maybe the corn is fresh. Guess what colour the phone is? Yes you are right, it is green.
The packaging is made from 70 per cent recycled materials, including a soy-based ink, and the paper user manual has been replaced by an online version. The charger claims to consume 12 times less power than the Energy Star standard and features a visible notification to alert the user to unplug the handset once it’s fully charged.
It seems that most environmentalists keep their phone on charge 24/7 and never actually take it out of the house. This will be a great feature for them. For the rest of us who charge our phone once a week overnight, it might not help much.
Sadly, getting rid of the user manual is not a new idea. And the 300W computer that the user will likely use to download the manual might negate any benefit there. Still, while there are enviro-idiots in the world, why shouldn't a company exploit them with a silly gimmick like this? I know I would.