Nokia this week introduced a concept phone called "Remade," which would be built almost entirely out of recycled materials.
Nokia's CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo unveiled Remade at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona. The idea is to create mobile phones that cause less of a strain on natural resources, while reducing landfill and increasing energy-efficient production, the company said.
Phones based on the Remade concept would be made out of metals from aluminum cans and plastics from drink bottles. Materials from old car tires would make up the phones' rubber key mats. The phones would also use environment-friendly technologies, including printed electronics and display graphics that save energy, according to Nokia.
Remade is simply a concept for now and not a commercial product, but it demonstrates what can be done using nearly no new materials to build a mobile phone. For those that don't want to wait until the concepts come to fruition, Nokia will offer the 3110 Evolve, a mobile phone that's made from over 50% renewable materials, in the first half of this year. It's also packaged in 60% recycled content and comes with an efficient charger that uses 94% less energy -- but not in the US.
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