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Why You Should Recycle Your Cell Phone

The importance of recycling cell phones.

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This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Old, used and discarded are piling up at an alarming rate. The most recent study by environmental research organization Inform estimated that by 2005, as many as 130 million cell phones will be discarded in the U.S. alone. Cell phones, like most electronics, have a variety of toxic materials in them, making them bad candidates to just toss in the trash. That's why scientists, inventors and manufacturers are exploring ways to make cell phones more environmentally safe.

A recent exhibit at the Science Mu-seum in showcased a collection of these innovations and experiments. One of the more unusual designs stems from collaboration between , the University of Warwick and PVAXX Research & Development. It's a mobile phone case made of biodegradable polymer that can be planted so an embedded seed can grow into a flower.

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