The Best Brick for the Job

This right here is a cellular phone that will last you five years. After that, it’s just a twist and about a minute of dissembling and you’ve got an 85% recyclable stack of materials on your hands. Kind of nice, yes? Why is it all green, you ask? So that the plastic can be melted down and re-molded without any discoloration! Super neat.

This lovely design was made by James Barber in hopes of creating a new, more conscious market for cell phones. He did some fabulous research that pointed toward the energy used to make and the energy used BY a cellphone in it’s whole life. Can you guess which was more?

For a cellphone used for 2 years, the energy used to create the phone is “roughly 3 times larger” than the energy used by the phone in it’s lifetime!

James Barber’s trying to push those amounts of energy closer to equal. To do that, he’s created this extremely rough and tough phone with, yes!, easily replaceable parts, nice, pretty design, and horayy! 85% recyclable parts! I dig it. Or rather, since it wont be in a land-fill with all the other cellphones, I USE it.

Designer: James Barber





Nokia 5 Year Phone by James Barber


  • Confucius says:

    Do green designs have to be green? You’ve pretty much just taken an old nokia apart got some styling cues from a sonyericsson and changed the colour to everybody’s favourite- pastel green and now you have a greensonyerokia.

    Not too cutting edge, nicely presented though.

  • Human Basic says:

    Design for disassembly and material reuse are perhaps the most serious issues affecting eco cellphone design right now, it’s nice to see it so clearly presented, kudos.

  • hiphone says:

    it cool,jutfine rate of length and with,thin is jutfine.

  • alienhan says:

    Where can i buy it?

  • Grete says:

    Where can I buy it, when I live in Estonia?
    Is this possible?

  • Grete says:

    Where can I buy it, when I live in Estonia?
    Is this possible?

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