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Samsung releases world’s first ‘bio-plastic’ handset

Vendor unveils two eco-friendly phones in Seoul.

Samsung has unveiled two new eco-friendly mobile phones, the W510 and F268, in which the former is made from ‘bio-plastic', a material extracted from corn.

Common plastic is a polymer material produced from crude oil. No heavy metals, such as lead, mercury or cadmium, were used when producing the W510.

Meanwhile, the F268 does not contain any BFRs (Brominated Flame Retardant) or PVC. BFRs are used in a wide variety of consumer products for several decades for their ability to slow of prevent fires. However, many studies have suggested the chemicals have an adverse effect on the environment, wildlife and people.

In addition, the F268 features an alarm function that encourages users to unplug their phone from the charger when the devices are fully charged. The handset follows the Energy Star guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The announcement is the latest indication that the vendor is committed to introducing renewable and eco-friendly material.

"Samsung is striving to continue to be a strong corporate citizen that contributes to environmental sustainability," said Geesung Choi, President of Samsung's Telecommunication Business. "Now we are trying not only to launch more environmentally-conscious products with more renewable material and less energy consuming, but also to expand proactively set up a phone recycling system," he added.

Both handsets were launch in June, with the W510 destined for the Korean market, while the F268 is made available in China.

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