Eco-conscious Radio

I know many of you don’t take very kindly to ideas that proclaim to be GREEN, but lets give this Blister Radio a chance to explain itself. Replacing the usual injection-molded casing with vacuum-formed packaging components, this little fella’ is made from PLA. For the uninitiated, PLA is biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester got from renewable resources like cornstarch and sugarcane.

As expected of a radio, all elementary essentials are present to make you music-happy.
As expected of a green gadget, it sports a solar panel at the back to juice it up!
As expected there will be a barrage of comments after the post rubbishing the green element!

Designer: Klaus Rosburg

21 Comments

  • peon says:

    When you make something out of biodegradable plastic, it feels like it’s something your supposed to throw away, which is ok for e.g. plastic bags or paper cups (which people throw away anyway), but wouldn’t it be more “green” to just make a high quality radio that lasts for 100 years?

  • Mike says:

    Why not use something renewable like bamboo?

    • Being sustainable or eco-efficient is not just about materials. You have ot consider where the bamboo is comming from. The emmissions caused by its transport alone could be much higher than by using a locally sourced material. What about manufacture techniques also? Would bamboo really be the best option? Work with the material, not against it to force it into a form.

    • Josh says:

      Yeah I really thing that both cornstarch and sugar cane are just as renewable as bamboo.

    • John says:

      Read the blurb Mike. “PLA is biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester got from renewable resources like cornstarch and sugarcane.”

  • If its supposed to be green, why so big? The chip set for a am/fm radio is about the size of a pea added with the rest of the stuff (digital volume, digital scan tuning, digital on off, and amp) you have a board that is less than 1/2 inch square. Your speaker fixes the size, but even at that size sound quality is only going to be so/so. Oh zippy is looking for some designers and illustrators, so if you feel you have the talent drop me a line at zippyflounder.com

  • cyc4015 says:

    biodegradable doesn’t mean it needs to be thrown away, but if/when somebody breaks it, at least it will have less impact than most crap thrown out nowadays. even radios built to last 100 years would get thrown out early, because of innovation, somebody is always going to come up with a new type of radio that will be more fashionable, more high-tech etc. so making a radio that has as little impact as possible is a good idea. i wouldn’t buy this still though, because radio is on it’s way out.

  • peon says:

    My meaning was that if you build a radio that looks like it’s supposed to be thrown away it’s more likely to be thrown away than one that looks like it will last 100 years (if it does indeed last for so long). It’s about the perceived quality of the object.

  • ya well says:

    I think this one is better than the other “green” concepts you showed before, especially the stupid “green” bike… I hate the trends of adding herb or plant to make it look greener, I hate the concepts using bioplastics but no thinking about the assembly and dis-assembly. this one is funky. like it

  • Phil says:

    I have to say it looks nice but if it has a solar panel on the back why is it laying flat down?

  • Eric says:

    I just don’t need a radio, regardless of how it’s made. Ps dont they already have similar things in kid discovery stores “build your own solar radio?” Pretty sure this is nothing new.

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