Sprint Starts Selling Mobile Phone Cases Made Out of Thin Air
Published on: 13th May 2014
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USA based Sprint has announced it will be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon, a new carbon negative material made from greenhouse gas, instead of petroleum, to create plastic products.
The material will be used in black and pink cell phone cases for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s that will be sold online exclusively by the mobile network by late May for $29.99, plus tax.
The material, AirCarbon, is manufactured by California-based Newlight Technologies which uses a proprietary carbon capture process to convert air and greenhouse gases into a plastic that has similar durability and performance characteristics to petroleum-based plastics.
The conversion technology can synthesize high-performance thermoplastics from a wide range of sources, including methane and/or carbon dioxide from agricultural operations, water treatment plants, landfills, anaerobic digesters, or energy facilities. The material has wide applications, as it can then be formed and molded into almost any given design.
"We are pleased to introduce this new technology - essentially turning greenhouse gas into a plastic that has the potential to replace petroleum-based plastics," said David Owens, Sprint's senior vice president of Product. "This innovation is another example of Sprint's leadership in providing eco-friendly products to our customers."
In fact, the weight of the new cell phone case is the same weight in carbon (as carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas) that has been sequestered and would otherwise be part of the air by making the case, generating a net positive environmental impact.