Steampunk Smartphone

Richard Clarkson, an industrial design student at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, created his steampunk rotary dial version of the Smartphone to counter the omnipresent digital world we live in.

The phone has two brass dials options, a rotary or a button one. Electroplated copper and paint jazzes up (or down, dependent upon your tech perspective) the phone itself.

January 10, 2012

Green Rice Packaging

Just in time for Chinese New Year, Taiwanese-based company Green In Hand has designed a sustainable, low impact rice packaging for a New Year’s gift, called Together Rice.

Their packaging is made from recycled and recyclable craft paper, paper rattan and tissue paper, in a chemical-free process, using vegetable-based inks and water-based coatings and glue. The rice is from the Guan Shan Fan Taitung family, Yuli, Hualin County, Taiwan, grown under the watchful eye of organic rice farmer Tseng Kuo-chi.

Rice is a worldwide food source and tons of it gets delivered and eaten each day, so a sustainable packaging would be a great idea for larger rice packaging.

January 5, 2012

Recycled iPhone Case

Well even if your iPhone isn’t very green – at least its carrying case can be. The iPhone 4 Case is made from 100% recycled trash.

Dubbed the RE-case, the iPhone 4 Case is the first in a line of products made from a new type of material called POLLIBER, a post-consumer thermoplastic and semi-carbonized waste fiber composite that is left over from rice farming by-products.

The post-process rice husks increase the mechanical properties of polypropylene, stopping it from breaking down in everyday use. At the end of its life it can be recycled.

October 25, 2011