Je-Hyun Kim’s Natural Year Phone design almost makes cell phones cool in my book. The phone, which is made up of hay, a screen, and keys, is designed only to last as long as its functional life cycle (2 years) before it biodegrades and falls apart.
The hard components can be recycled, while the hay can be dumped anywhere. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t appear to be too durable. Many people have a habit of dropping their phones often, and I doubt the Natural Year Phone could survive a fall onto concrete.
The Natural Year Phone is not yet commercially available, and the designer hasn’t provided a timeline for its release.
Photo Credit: Yanko Design